Revelstoke Grizzlies defenceman Brenden Vulcano has earned a KIJHL Hot in KI 3rd Star for the period ending Jan. 12. The Nelson product recorded a hat-trick, including the game-winning goals, and added an assist in a 6-3 win over the Summerland Steam.
Simon Nemethy of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks earned the Hot in the KI’s first star with a six-point performance in two games. Nemethy, a Vanderhoof product, earned back-to-back game stars in wins over Castlegar (3-1) and Creston Valley (6-1). Against the Rebels, Nemethy scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist. Against the Thunder Cats, Nemethy had a goal and two assists. For the season, Nemethy has 14 goals and 30 points in 31 games, which has him tied for second in Nitehawks scoring.
Kelowna Chiefs goalie Braeden Mitchell earned the second star as he stopped 73 of 75 shots in two games. The Okotoks, Alta., product made 46 saves in a 2-2 tie against the North Okanagan Knights, then stopped all 27 shots faced in a 4-0 win over the Princeton Posse. He finished with a .973 save percentage and a 0.92 goals against average. For the season, Mitchell has 15 wins, two losses and two ties with two shutouts and a 2.19 goals against average and .928 save percentage.
The third star went to Vulcano, who now has eight goals and 18 points in 31 games played. He’s 10th on the Grizzlies in scoring.
“I thought my play against Summerland was probably one of my best games this season so far, both offensively and defensively. I think my teammates are a big reason for that with how well they were able to make some nice plays which I was able to capitalize on,” said Vulcano. “It was really good to get the three goals, but I’m just happy that it was enough for us to get the two points that night and the win.”