Terrace River Kings are facing a three-game series against Prince Rupert as they launch into playoffs this weekend.
They won their final season game 5-1 in Kitimat Jan. 16, and Smithers Steelheads won two games the same weekend, shooting into first place in the CIHL western division.
The River Kings finished at second place in the west, third place was Prince Rupert Rampage, and fourth was Kitimat Ice Demons.
River Kings general manager Ross Smith said Terrace rookies made good progress and the team had a strong season with 11 wins, 3 losses and 2 overtime wins.
Playoffs start this Saturday, Jan. 30, with the River Kings facing off in Prince Rupert – a team they had an even record with this season so far, with two wins and two losses.
“It’s going to be hard in Rupert. They’ve got a hostile crowd, lots of fans… they’re fast and they’ve got some good goal scorers,” said Smith. “It’s not going to be easy.”
The second game of the series is at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Terrace Sportsplex, and if needed, the third game of the series will be in Terrace Sunday, Feb. 7, at 4:30 p.m.
The team that wins this playoff series will advance to play the winner of the other western playoff series, Smithers verses Kitimat. The winning team of that round will advance into the finals against the top eastern team.
Standings in the east are first Williams Lake Stampeders, second Quesnel Kangaroos and third Lac La Hache Tomahawks.
The hockey season will wrap up with the Coy Cup Championship in Terrace March 22-26. The River Kings have a bye into the tournament as the host team.