Playoff hockey starts tonight in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Clippers open their first-round series against the Powell River Kings

A 10-game win streak has a nice ring to it. And what’s more, all those wins made a real difference to the Nanaimo Clippers as playoffs are about to begin.

The Clippers’ 10 straight wins to finish off the BCHL regular season allowed the team to catch up to and pass the Powell River Kings in the standings. That looms large as the teams are about to start a first-round series and it’s Nanaimo that gets home-ice advantage.

Game 1 is Friday, March 2 at Frank Crane Arena.

Bob Foglietta, assistant coach, said he thinks the Clippers have the “right guys” to have success with playoff hockey, and are comfortable playing in the tight games that are sure to come up.

“I’ve never been on a team that’s got 10 wins in a row going into playoffs, so it’s pretty special,” Foglietta said.

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Jamie Collins, Clippers captain said his team is excited to finally get playoffs going and will be ready for a challenging opponent.

“Every team that’s in playoffs is going to step up and we know that,” he said. “Probably every game’s going to be close. We’re used to playing that kind of hockey, so I think the playoffs [are] going to suit our game really well.”

GAME ON … The Clippers and Kings play Game 1 on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. Game 2 is Saturday, March 3, also a 7 p.m. faceoff at Frank Crane. Tickets will be available at the door.

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