Grizzlies take a bite out of Spruce Kings streak

The Prince George Spruce Kings have officially suffered their first loss of the 2017-18 season.

They were shut out by the Island Division’s Victoria Grizzlies 5-0 in their second and final game of the 2017 Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack!

Prince George netminder Evan DeBrouwer got the start between the pipes letting in four goals on 21 shots, while Grizzlies goaltender Zachary Rose put up a 41-save performance even recording an assist in the victory.

Victoria would start the scoring spree less than four minutes into the contest, thanks to Lucas Clark for his second of the season.

Carter Berger and Justin Michaelin would light a pair of lamps in the latter half of the frame and score stood at 3-0 for the designated visiting team after 20 minutes of play.

A scoreless second period led by the Spruce Kings’ defense was followed by a restless third period as Victoria potted the puck eight minutes in.

DeBrouwer was pulled in the final two minutes of play to give Prince George some hope, but the black and yellow would seal the deal with an empty-netter.

The red, white, and blue lose their first game of the year, dropping their record to 4-1-1-0, while the Grizzlies improve to 3-2-0-0.

Victoria swept the three-star selection with Rose, Alex Newhook, and Timothy Friedmann goes First, Second, and Third respectively.

‘Grizz defenceman Matthew Doran was named the Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game.

Prince George will regroup at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (RMCA) for practice before heading back out onto the road next weekend.

They’ll visit the Eagles for a third time, this time on their home ice in the South Surrey Arena, Friday night at 7 p.m.

The Spruce Kings will then continue the Valley road-trip to Coquitlam Saturday night at 7 p.m.\

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