Spruce Kings rule Grizzlies

Prince George Spruce Kings have shaken that little squirrel monkey off their backs.

The defending B.C. Hockey League-champion Spruce Kings topped the Victoria Grizzlies 6-1 and earned their first victory of the young season Friday night at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

The Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Prince George defenceman Evan Orr, a Michigan Tech recruit who joined the Kings this week from the NAHL, opened the scoring 3:57 into the game.

Before the period ended, Andrew Seaman and Corey Cunningham added to the total with their first goals of the season.

Ryan MacAllister, Chong Min Lee also scored for the Kings (1-1-1), who led 5-1 after two periods. Cunningham completed the rout with a powerplay goal in third period.

Darwin Lakoduk scored the only goal for Grizzlies, whose record dropped to 0-2-0.

Jett Alexander, in his third start with a Spruce Kings, made 27 saves for his first career BCHL win. Joe Howe took the loss in goal for Victoria. The Kings outshot the Grizzlies 30-28.

The Kings will host the Penticton Vees tonight (7 p.m.) at RMCA.