After a week-long break, the World Financial Group-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers returned to the road for three games to close out 2009 and start 2010 with a home game.
First, on the December 29, the Clippers took on the Surrey Eagles. The Eagles took an early lead in the first period, but the Clippers tied the game in the second and scored an additional four goals to take the contest 5-1. Scoring for the Clippers were Nicholas McIntyre, Andrew Gladiuk, Myles Fitzgerald, Luc Olivier Blain and Brayden Jaw. Goalie Loic Boivin blocked 30 out of 31 shots on goal. Gladiuk and Blain were named the First and Second Stars of the Game, respectively.
The next night saw this WFG-sponsored hockey team travel to Langley to face the Chiefs. The Chiefs took the lead early and never let go, which meant an unfortunate 5-2 loss for the Clippers. Luc Olivier Blain scored both goals for the Clippers, one on the power play, and earned the Third Star of the Game.
On New Year’s Eve, the team hoped to end 2009 with a victory against the Powell River Kings. Despite goals from Kiefer McNaughton and Colton Cyr, this game was all River Kings, who won it with a score of 4-2.
In the first game of the New Year on January 2, the Clippers returned to Frank Crane Arena to take on the Victoria Grizzlies, which the Grizzlies took this game by a score of 4-2. In the loss, Luc Olivier Blain scored on the power play and Brayden Jaw scored in the third. For his hard playing, Carson Schell was named the Second Star of the Game.
The Nanaimo Clippers play the Grizzlies on Tuesday in Victoria. This weekend, they return home to face Cowichan Valley on Friday and Alberni Valley on Sunday. Let’s wish our “Junior A” hockey club the best in 2010!