Spruce Kings clash­ing with Clip­pers

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ci­ti­zen staff

The Prince Ge­orge Spruce Kings are back in the B.C. Hockey League pent­house suite and they in­tend to stay there at least head­ing into next week.

To en­sure that pos­si­bil­ity they’ll have to find a way to beat the Nanaimo Clip­pers tonight at Rolling Mix Con­crete Arena.

A win would leave the first-over­all Spruce Kings (22-8-1-2) three points ahead of the se­cond-over­all Chilli­wack Chiefs. The Chiefs will make up the game they hold over Prince Ge­orge when they host Pow­ell River on Satur­day and Trail on Sun­day.

The Clip­pers (12-16-0-0) have 24 points, about half the 47-point to­tal of the Spruce Kings, but Na­maino has played only 28 games, five fewer than Prince Ge­orge.

The Clip­pers have strug­gled to score this sea­son, with 78 goals in those 28 games, ahead of just one team, Al­berni Val­ley, which has scored 72 times.

Ethan Scar­dina is the only Clip­per pro­duc­ing at a point-per-game pace or bet­ter. The 18-year-old from White Rock has 12 goals and 16 as­sists for 28 points in 28 games.

Game time tonight is 7 p.m.

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