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Clippers play last tune-up before playoffs

The Nanaimo Clippers expect to go into the post-season playoff-ready, no matter what. But winning their last regular-season game would sure give them a boost.

The Clippers get to end off the 2013-14 campaign with a home game this Friday (Feb. 28) against the Powell River Kings at Frank Crane Arena.

The Shipmen are coming off a pair of losses last weekend in which they got away from their systems a bit, said captain Scott Prier.

“We clinched [a playoff spot] and we kind of got a little bit excited and you can’t do that,” he said.

The referees must have thought the Clippers looked overly enthusiastic, as the team was penalized significantly more often than the opposition all weekend.

“[Coach Mike Vandekamp] likes us to play on the edge,” Prier said. “You’ve got to learn to play on the edge and not cross it.”

The goals in the final game, said the team captain, will be for the Clippers to win, of course, but also get back to their brand of hockey.

“Focusing on the details and playing hard,” Prier said.

GAME ON … The Clippers and Kings face off at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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