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Graduating Spruce Kings like their playoff prospects

Interior Conference best-of-seven series starts Friday in Salmon Arm

Prince George Spruce Kings captain Colton Cameron, a graduating 20-year-old defenceman, is eager to face the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the first round of the B.C. Hockey League playoffs.

Their best-of-seven playoff series opens Friday and Saturday in Salmon Arm and returns to Prince George for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Playoffs is definitely the most exciting part of the year, its just really competitive and I’m liking our group right now with how the playoffs is looking,” said the Cloverdale native, a Bentley University recruit. “I feel I have an extra edge in playoffs, that do-or-die feeling and I just love it.”

Salmon Arm and the Spruce Kings finished tied in points and wins and it came down head-to-head game results to determine the Silverbacks ended up fourth in the Interior Conference, one notch up on Prince George. Just three points separated third place from seventh place in the Interior standings.

Kings centre John Herrington, who led the team in scoring with 24 goals and 24 assists, likes his team’s prospects taking on the Silverbacks. The 20-year-old native of Hudson’s Hope will skate off to college next fall at Lake Superior State.

“Us and Salmon Arm have matched up well this year, we’ve gone to overtime three times out of seven games and I think it’s going to be a long and hard, tight-checking, tight-scoring series,” said Herrington. “They’re a smaller, skilled, fast team and we’ve got to get on them quick, just play our game and we’ll be fine.”

Left winger Luca Primerano, the Spruce Kings top rookie with 26 points, has been on the injury shelf since March 3 and likely won’t play in the first round.