Brubacher scores twice in Kings' loss to Vees

The stars aligned for Adam Brubacher Saturday night.

The 19-year-old Prince George Spruce Kings defenceman tallied both goals for his team in a 5-2 loss against the visiting Penticton Vees at the Coliseum.

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For his efforts, the six-foot-four 205-pound Brubacher, who's taking an online astronomy class towards his business and economics degree, was named the second star of the game.

In the B.C. Hockey League tilt, Dante Fabbro, one of Penticton's top snipers on the blueline, scored in the opening minute of the game, but Brubacher scored his first goal of the season two minutes later.

In the second period, Dixon Bowen scored twice and Jason Lavalee extended the Vees' lead to 4-1, forcing Kings head coach Chad van Diemen to pull starting netminder Sam Tanguay in favour of Liam McCloskey.

Brubacher narrowed Penticton's lead to 4-2 at the 16:19 mark.

Forward Benjamin Brar beat McCloskey top shelf at the 12:53 mark of the third period.

The Kings' loss was their third-straight after succumbing to the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-2 Friday night.

They fell to 1-6-0-1 and fifth place in the Mainland Division.

It was Penticton's seventh-straight victory as the Vees improved to 7-1 atop the Interior Division.

"I thought we played a pretty good game yesterday (Friday), we just couldn't capitalize on our chances," said Brubacher. "They were a really opportunistic team so we really let them take a couple chances against us that were good goals.

"Penticton, (they're) a really tough team, one of the best teams in Canada coming in. I thought we had a really good first, but from there they were just really opportunistic and we just gave them chances."

The Vees outshot the Kings 37-24, including 14-5 in the third period.

Penticton netminder Anthony Brodeur (who has four seasons of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League experience under his belt) was the back-up Saturday behind Zach Driscoll.

Brodeur, 20, has a 5-0 record so far in his first foray into the BCHL and earned the win in the Vees' 6-1 victory against Merritt Friday.

As for Brubacher, he's new to the Kings this season, having signed with the team in June.

He spent the last three seasons playing for the junior B Elmira Sugar Kings of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Last season he collected 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points.

He also enrolled at Wilfrid Laurier University as a business and economics major. This semester he's taking astronomy and environmental studies online.

His pair of goals Saturday were his first of the season and first in the BCHL.

On the weekend, he patrolled the blueline with 20-year-old veteran defenceman Ryan Bechtel, another new addition to the team after he was acquired from the Cowichan Valley Capitals in August.

Brubacher and Bechtel are also part of the Kings' first power play unit.

"I think I'm transitioning well, it's a little bit faster league, with a little bit more skilled guys," said Brubacher. "I really like it here. I'm fitting in with the defensive corps. Mags (assistant coach Adam Maglio) is a really good coach and we're just trying to feel each other out. We'll mesh together in the next couple games."

The Kings embark on a three-game roadtrip on Thanksgiving weekend with stops in Trail on Friday, Vernon on Saturday and Salmon Arm on Sunday.

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