Over the weekend, the World Financial Group-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL entered the quarterfinals for the Fred Page Cup against the Victoria Grizzlies. Both teams entered the postseason with strong momentum, but who would be the stronger of the two teams?
Game one was held in Victoria Friday, Feb. 25. The Clippers’ forward Teal Burns scored the first goal of the game during the second period, and although Victoria scored the next two goals, Nanaimo scored two more – one by Brayden Jaw on the power play and the other by Colton Cyr – to win the first game of the best of seven series with a score of 3-2. Burns was named the First Star of the Game while Mike Domsodi was named the Second Star.
Saturday evening (Feb. 26) was game two, also played in Victoria. The home ice advantage was a help for the Grizzlies as they scored the first two goals of the game. But the second period was a scoring display by the Clippers with Tristan Lowenberger, Teal Burns and Kyle Kramer all scoring in the “middle 20” to take a 3-2 lead. A Victoria goal in the third forced overtime, and at 5:59 into the extra frame, Luc Olivier Blain scored the game winner with an assist from Burns for the Clippers to take game two 4-3. Stars of the Game honors went to Blain (First) and Kramer (Second).
Our WFG-sponsored hockey team returns to Frank Crane Arena with a two game lead. Games three and four will be played this Monday and Tuesday on Nanaimo’s home ice. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time). GO CLIPPERS!