DeBrouwer back in net for Kings

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The two games against the Chiefs gave Prince Ge­orge fans their first look at goalie Evan DeBrouwer in reg­u­lar-sea­son ac­tion in a Kings’ uni­form and the 20-year-old was sharp in both games. DeBrouwer will start in goal tonight to face Sur­rey while 18-year-old rookie Brad Cooper, a prod­uct of the Burn­aby Win­ter Club acad­emy pro­gram, is slated to make his first BCHL start in Satur­day’s game against the Ea­gles.

“Evan was great, I thought he was solid both nights,” said Maglio.

“Our as­sis­tant coach Alex (Evin) works pri­mar­ily with the goalies and he was re­ally pleased with both nights.

“Brad was real good against Vernon in ex­hi­bi­tion and we were able to see him against a pretty good Vernon team that had the ma­jor­ity of their ros­ter in that game. He’s real good with con­trol­ling his re­bounds and solid struc­turally in net and he’s a con- fi­dent kid. We watched him last year and he was a leader in the Cana­dian Sports School Hockey League, top one or two in that league.”

Cozzi, an 18-year-old Colorado Col­lege re­cruit who played last sea­son for the North Jer­sey Avalanche of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, will start the week­end on a line with Brar and and cen­tre Dustin Manz.

With the five-foot-nine, 170-pound Cozzi lead­ing the way, that com­bi­na­tion was ar­guably the top for­ward trio for the Kings last week­end.

“He’s a re­mark­able kid, high char­ac­ter, and he plays heavy for his size so he’s hard to get off the puck,” said Maglio. “He sees the ice so well and can play with great pace. He’s ev­ery­thing that we look for when we’re iden­ti­fy­ing play­ers and we’ve been su­per-pleased with his play.”

The Ea­gles missed the play­offs last sea­son but Blaine Neufeld’s troops ap­pear much im­proved this time around. Four Ea­gles for­wards are com­mit­ted to NCAA teams next year, in­clud­ing Chase Davol (Bowl­ing Green), Jef­frey Stew­art (Col­gate), Jor­dan Robert (Clark­son) and Con­nor Sundquist (Colorado Col­lege, ac­quired in an off-sea­son trade from Salmon Arm).

Daniel David­son, a 20-yearold, is their go-to goalie.

Game time tonight is 7 p.m.

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