The World Financial Group-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers, currently in the first round of the BCHL playoffs, won their first two games over the Victoria Grizzlies on the road. The best-of-seven series moved to the Clippers home ice of Frank Crane arena for games three and four. How would the Clippers on their home ice?
In game three played on Monday, March 1 the Grizzlies took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Nanaimo answered back with three goals in the second from Andrew Gladiuk, Colton Cyr (on the power play) and Carson Schell. Victoria came back to tie the game with 1:03 remaining in the third period and score the game winning goal in overtime to win this one 4-3. Clippers goalie Loic Boivin, who blocked 39 out of 43 shots, was named the Second Star of the Game.
Game four of the series hit the ice on Tuesday, March 2. Like the previous night’s game, the Grizzlies jumped to an early lead, but thanks to goals by Kyle Kramer and Joe Perry (on the power play), Nanaimo took a 2-1 lead into the third period. As in game three, Victoria came back to score in the third to force overtime, which, once again, resulted in a Grizzlies game winning goal to take the fourth game 3-2. Kramer was named the Second Star of the Game.
The best of seven series is now tied at two games each. Game 5 will be played on Thursday, March 4 in Victoria with game 6 played the next night at Frank Crane Arena. If necessary, the WFG-sponsored Clippers will play game 7 in Victoria on Sunday, March 7. GO CLIPPERS!