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Quesnel Kangaroos head into playoffs with home game

Roos will play Terrace at West Fraser Centre Saturday night
Kangaroos player Paul Girodat will be on the ice Saturday. Ken Alexander photo

The Quesnel Kangaroos finished out the Central Interior Hockey League season in fourth place, after an away win against Kitimat and loss against Prince Rupert.

The Roos got thrashed by the Prince Rupert Rampage on Sunday Jan. 21, losing 6-0 to the coastal team.

They were on a high after beating the Kitimat Ice Demons 9-5 on Saturday, but Roos captain Waylon L’Heureux says injuries kept them down.

“We played well against Kitimat and OK against Prince Rupert, but we had some injuries and didn’t pull it off.”

The weekend marked the final regular-season games for the league, which now enters playoffs. The Roos currently sit in fourth in the Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL) standings, behind Terrace, Prince Rupert and Williams Lake, having won eight games and lost eight games so far.

“It was a team-building year, and next year will be too,” says L’Heureux.

“Lots of the new guys are coming back next year; the more players we get from Quesnel the better.”

The team started off strong, remaining at the top of the league for most of the early season, but dropped off as injuries began to plague the players.

The Quesnel Kangaroos will play the Terrace River Kings in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday night in Quesnel.

L’Heureux says Terrace is a good team but the Roos have beat them before.

“We’ve played them a few times; they’ve beat us and we’ve beat them. We played well against them last year too,” he says.

The Roos are hoping for lots of hometown support this weekend.

“We are hoping for a strong playoff run and lots of people out at our playoff game on Saturday,” says L’Heureux.