The WFG-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers began November with two games. Anxious to return to the ice after their last contest against the Victoria Grizzlies was cancelled due to illness on the opposing team, the Clippers hit the ice at their home arena Friday against the Powell River Kings.
The Clippers won their last game against the Kings, so both teams were doing their best to beat the other. The Clippers killed all ten penalties in the game with eight power plays, with one in the first period providing a scoring goal from Kyle Weber. Also scoring in the contest were Teal Burns (unassisted) and Colton Cyr (shorthanded). These three goals were enough for the Clippers to win 3-1. Burns and goalie Mark Segal, who blocked 25 out of 26 shots, were named the Second and First Stars of the Game, respectively.
On Saturday, the WFG-sponsored Junior A hockey team hit the road to take on their Coastal Conference rivals, the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Island Savings Centre was not kind to the Clippers on the power play (no goals in nine attempts). But the team played smart hockey, only going shorthanded five times and killing four of those penalties. Goals scored by Cody Bremner in the first, Carson Schell (unassisted) and Teal Burns in the third ensured a 3-2 victory. For their hard playing, Burns was named the Third Star of the Game and Schell the First Star.
The upcoming week sees the Nanaimo Clippers in action four times. For the Remembrance Day holiday, the Clippers take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and travel to Surrey to play the Eagles on Wednesday. Friday evening sees the WFG hockey team skate opposite the Burnaby Express at home and a Sunday home matinee (3 PM) against Cowichan Valley. Check back here for updates on these games.