The World Financial Group-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL played three games this week. How did our team fare before the All-Star break?
Last Tuesday, our team traveled to Victoria to take on the Grizzlies in a make-up game from last Halloween. In sixty minutes of hockey, nary a goal was scored by either team. That all changed in the second overtime period, when Victoria got a puck past Third Star of the Game, the Clippers’ Loic Boivin, to win 1-0. Boivin blocked 26 previous shots on goal.
Friday evening the Clippers returned to Frank Crane Arena to host the Cowichan Valley Capitals. In the first period, Luc Olivier Blain scored on a power play to take an early lead. And Blain, who earned Second Star of the Game honors, scored again in the third. But the Caps were too strong for our guys, who beat the WFG-sponsored team 3-2.
The Sunday home matinee featured the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Despite goals by Colton Cyr (unassisted) and Luc Olivier Blain (on the power play) in the first, the Bulldogs won this one 5-2. Cyr earned Second Star of the Game honors.
The BCHL All-Star Game, featuring goalie Loic Boivin and forward Cody Bremner, will be played on Wednesday at Frank Crane Arena. After that, the Clippers take on the Vernon Vipers at home on Friday and the Powell River Kings on the road this Saturday. Let’s wish our “Junior A” hockey team a great 2010!