The BCHL playoffs begin today, however the Kings will get things going in game one of their first round playoff series with the Wenatchee Wild tomorrow. After missing the playoffs last year, the Kings find themselves back in the postseason. Their reward for making it back to the playoffs? The regular season league champion Wenatchee Wild.
Having played the Wild seven times this season, the Kings have lost all seven and have been outscored: 46-12. The Spruce have shown major strides of improvement this season, improving their win total from last years’s 14 to this year’s 25. On the other hand, the Wild are 27-0-2-0 on home ice this season. Realizing Wenathchee’s home dominance, King General Manager Mike Hawes knows what his team has to do in order to stand a chance.
“We need to go down in to Wenatchee for these first two games, and do our best to win one of those. Then come back to Prince George where it’s always difficult for road teams to play here in PG, I know the fans will be out in full force to support us.” said Hawes.
The Spruce Kings have five players with BCHL play off experience which has helped the team prepare for what will be expected in the postseason. “It’s a huge task any time you go up against a number one seed in the league, its not easy. I think the guys are really embracing the challenge, and at the end of the day we hope to have a better two weeks of hockey than they do.”
The best-of-seven series opens up tomorrow in Wenatchee, with games 3, 4, and 5 in Prince George. The first game in PG will take place Tuesday night at Rolling Mix Concrete arena.