The World Financial Group-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers returned to competition after the BCHL All-Star break with two games. How did our team do?
Friday, January 15 saw the Clippers take on the Vernon Vipers in the friendly confines of Frank Crane Arena. Although the Vipers took an early lead, the Clippers kept things close with power play goals in the second period from Teal Burns and Nicholas McIntyre. The third period also saw goals from Clippers Kiefer McNaughton and Brayden Jaw. However, the Vipers scored the tie breaker at the end of the third period to take this match 5-4. For their hard play and timely assists, Andrew Gladiuk and Mike Domsodi were named the First and Third Star of the Game, respectively.
The next night saw the WFG-sponsored “Junior A” hockey team travel to Powell River to take on the Kings. Despite goals from Teal Burns, Luc Olivier Blain and Cody Bremner, this game was all Powell River thanks to a seven goal second period, which contributed to their 11-3 victory.
The Clippers hope to start their rebound this coming Wednesday in Victoria against the Grizzlies. Friday will see the Cowichan Valley Capitals come calling to Frank Crane Arena.
Clippers defenseman Victor Newell announced this week that he has committed to Yale University. He will start playing for the Ivy League institution in 2011. Congratulations, Victor!