Secondary scoring strikes for Vees in Prince George

Ben Brar and Jason Lavallee net first BCHL goals in road win over Prince George

PENTICTON VEES ROOKIE Benjamin Brar blasts past Tyler Ward (18) and another Merritt Centennials defender on Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Brar scored his first BCHL goal against the Prince George Spruce Kings on the road Oct. 3 in a 5-2 Vees win.

Wanting more secondary scoring, the Penticton Vees got it in Prince George against the Spruce Kings in a 5-2 win Saturday.

Dixon Bowen scored twice and Dante Fabbro, Ben Brar and Jason Lavallee added singles, as the Vees won their seventh straight game. Goalie Zach Driscoll turned aside 22 shots for his first BCHL win.

Offence was quick to come as the Vees and Spruce Kings scored inside the first three minutes. Fabbro opened the scoring 64 seconds into the frame with a blast from the point. Spruce King Adam Brubacher got the home side back level two minutes later, as he too had a heavy shot from the blueline find its way through at 3:03.

The game remained deadlocked until midway through the second period when the Vees erupted for three goals in just over four minutes. On the power-play, Bowen scored his first of two goals on the night when he collected the rebound from a Fabbro point-shot. The Vees then scored twice in 25 seconds to build a 4-1 lead. Jason Lavallee scored his first BCHL goal at 13:25 when he tipped in Griffin Mendel’s point-shot. On the next shift, Bowen netted his second goal on a partial breakaway as he took a pass from Fabbro to beat Spruce Kings starter Sam Tanguay. That goal ended Tanguay’s night and he was replaced by Liam McClusky.

Brubacher scored against for the home team on the power-play.

At 12:53 of the third, Ben Brar pocketed his first BCHL goal when Easton Brodzinski fed him from behind the goal.

Vees defenceman Gabe Bast missed both games on the weekend due to a lower body injury that isn’t considered serious, said Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson on Friday. The injury to Bast gave rookie Sam Jones a chance to step into the lineup.

The Vees (7-1-0-0) are back in action on Oct. 7 when they host the Trail Smoke Eaters (2-5-0-0) at the South Okanagan Events Centre; puck drop is 7p.m.


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