The North Zone Kings welcomed the East Kootenay Zone Ice to the civic arena Saturday evening and dealt them a 5-1 thrashing.
Kohen Martin opened the scoring with a low stick-side snapper from Eric Noren just over four minutes into the game.
Captain Joe Eggert made it 2-0 Kings at 6:58 with a sharp-angle glove side top corner snipe from Nic Teale.
The Kings shelled the Ice with 20 shots on goal to East Kootenays five in the first frame.
The Ice couldn’t muster much offence in the second, managing just four shots on starter Ty Sedlacek but their goaltender stood tall stopping 23 of 24. Defenceman Lee Christiensen put one in on a wraparound on the powerplay from Cam Moger and KT Walters at the 1:47 mark of the second.
In the third, the Kootenay squad netminder stopped a breakaway attempt early by Eggert but Martin put the NZ boys up by four with his second of the game off a rebound with assists going to Dylan Sedlacek and Eggert.
Eight seconds after that Caden Bracken made it 5-0 Kings slipping a puck slyly between the legs of the Ice tender from in tight off an Eric Noren feed.
The Ice got one past Sedlacek to break his shutout bid after an ill-advised neutral zone pinch created a breakaway opportunity that the EK forward buried high glove. Frustration boiled over late for the Ice with their captain and trainer both earning game misconducts at the three-minute mark of the third.
Final score 5-1.