Spruce Kings clashing with Clippers

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.

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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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