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Chiefs make Spruce Kings pay for flat playoff opener

The Prince George Spruce Kings couldn’t get out of their own on Friday against the Chilliwack Chiefs.

The RBC Cup host team came into game 1 one of their Mainland Division series against the Prince George Spruce Kings as the underdog and played it to their advantage by shutting out the hosts <strong>3-0</strong>

“That was a really disappointing effort for our group, we had all the energy and excitement in the world going into this weekend and our execution fell short. We just didn’t make plays under their pressure and we couldn’t play our game tonight,” says Kyle Johnson, Spruce Kings Forward.

Chilliwack beat the Spruce Kings by stifling the higher seed defensively and limiting their offensive attack to just 18 shots.

Adam Berg, Will Calverley and Tommy Lee all beat Prince George goaltender Evan DeBrouwer while Chiefs netminder Daniel Chenard pitched the shutout.

The second goal from Calverley turned out to be the back-breaker as the 20-year-old goalie gave the veteran forward the puck behind the goal, allowing him to score shorthanded.

The best-of-seven playoff series sees the Chiefs up 1-0 with game two set for Saturday at <strong>7PM </strong> from the RMCA.

Johnson says the Spruce Kings need to come out hungry for game two if they want a split at home.

“Tomorrow I think we are going to have our wits about us and it didn’t look like we had our minds right tonight and I think it showed based on how we made plays with the puck and it showed based on how we managed the game, once we find ourselves and relax we’ll take this series over.”

Prince George won seven of eight meeting in the regular season against the Chiefs.