The Prince George Spruce Kings know all the cliches. “We got to play it one game at a time; it’s playoff hockey; we have to play like it’s our last game and every point matters.”
With eight games left in the regular season and the magic number sitting at five (any combination of Spruce Kings wins and Williams Lake losses), the cliches have a bit of reality to them.
The Kings defeated the Quesnel Millionaires on Friday before dropping a 4-2 decision against the T’wolves on Saturday.
“We were fairly disappointed with the way we played on Saturday,” said Spruce Kings head coach Ed Dempsey. The Kings had just 11 shots on net in the first two periods against the T’wolves.
Spruce Kings goalie Cory Grant has been playing well as of late. He struggled following the trade deadline when he came to Prince George from Merritt.
“Things have really picked up for us. I’ve finally found my better game, which I couldn’t find in Merritt. I’m really started to play better in the last couple games and the guys are starting to gel,” said Grant, who played in both games over the weekend.
The Spruce Kings have a tough weekend ahead of them. With two points separating fifth and sixth place the Kings will look to pass the Smoke Eaters.
“We’re not happy with sitting in sixth. Our goal is to still get ahead of Trail,” said Grant. The Spruce Kings will get that chance on when they face off against the Smoke Eaters on Saturday night. The Kings open the road trip in Merritt and close it in Salmon Arm on Sunday afternoon.
“Obviously every game is important. Each game will definitely have implications of how we finish in the standings and how the teams we’re facing will finish in the standings,” said Dempsey.
The Spruce Kings will be back in action next weekend for their final two home games of the regular season.