The Nanaimo Clippers, the BCHL “Junior A” hockey team sponsored by World Financial Group, have a seven game unbeaten streak. With three games played this past week, would the streak continue?
The winning ways were on display for the Clippers on Wednesday, Nov. 18 when the Merritt Centennials came to the Clippers home ice at Frank Crane Arena. The Cents scored the first goal of the game, but the Clippers scored the next eight. Thanks to Colton Cyr and Kyle Kramer in the first period; Matt Ius on the power play, Teal Burns, Sam Waterfield and Nicholas McIntyre also on the power play in the second period; and Cody Bremner and Brayden Jaw in the third, the Clippers won this game 8-1. Jaw, Ius and Kramer were named the Three Stars of the Game. Goalies Loic Boivin and Mark Segal combined to save 21 shots on goal. This game marked the last Clippers game for Segal, as he is now with the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League.
Friday, Nov. 20 saw the WFG hockey at the rink of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were determined to end the Clippers’ unbeaten streak, and came very close. Bulldogs player Sam Mitchell scored twice on the power play and Matt Hatch added a third period goal. But the Clippers kept it close thanks to a power play goal by Luc Olivier Blain in the first and goals Cody Bremner in the first and an unassisted power play goal by Nicholas McIntyre in the third to send the game to double overtime. Finally, at 1:20 into double OT, Joe Perry scored from a Cody Bremner assist to put this game away 4-3. For blocking 41 shots on goal for 66:20, goalie Loic Boivin was named the Second Star of the Game.
On Saturday night the winning team returned to Frank Crane Arena to face the Westside Warriors. And, sad to say, the Warriors had more spirit than our team did. Despite a power play goal by Tyler Mah in the first and a Brayden Jaw goal in the second, the Warriors proved to be too much for our guys and won 5-2. In the loss, the Clippers only had to kill five penalties and were successful on four of them.
So, what does a team who sees the end of an unbeaten streak do? They hopefully start a new win streak, which our guys will get a chance to do this Friday and Saturday opposite Langley and Burnaby on the road. Also, December 4 will see the annual “teddy bear toss” game opposite Surrey at Frank Crane Arena. Look for more info regarding that event soon right here on wfgsports.com.