Brar lands NCAA scholarship

Ben Brar knows now where he's heading in his college hockey future.

The 20-year-old Prince George Spruce Kings winger will be making his home later this year in North Andover, Mass., where he's destined to play for the Merrimack College Warriors.

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Brar, whose 23 goals leads the Spruce Kings, will suit up next season for the Warriors, playing in NCAA's Hockey East conference.

"We are excited for Ben and his opportunity to continue his career at Merrimack in Division 1 hockey," said Spruce Kings head coach Adam Maglio. "Ben has been a big part of our team's success and has helped us build a winning culture within our organization. He is very deserving of this commitment and we know he will represent the Spruce Kings well in his future endeavours at Merrimack."

Brar is the eighth Spruce King on the current roster to commit to a U.S. college team.

Now in his third season with the Kings, Brar ranks 19th in B.C. Hockey League scoring with 41 points, two behind Dustin Manz, who leads Prince George with 43 points. In his junior career, Brar has played 209 games and has 73 goals and 63 assists for 136 points.

The Spruce Kings return to home ice Friday night at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena, where they'll take on the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Kings will be trying to avenge a 5-2 loss to the Mike Vandekamp-coached Capitals last Saturday in Duncan.

Prince George began 2019 with three games on the road and lost all three.

The three-game losing streak has dropped the Kings (25-11-2-2) into second place in the Mainland Division and overall standings. They're tied with Chilliwack, each with 54 points, but the Chiefs (27-11-0-0) have two more wins and have played two fewer games than the Kings.

The Spruce Kings and Chiefs meet Sunday afternoon in Chilliwack.

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