The World Financial Group-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers played four games this past week, their busiest schedule so far this season. Would these games add to the team’s current three game win streak?
Tuesday, Nov. 10, saw the BCHL team travel to Salmon Arm to take on the Silverbacks. In a very evenly matched game, both teams went on the power play five times and scored on one of them and each scored two goals in regulation, forcing overtime. The Clippers did outshoot the Silverbacks, 42-26, but the game still ended in a 2-2 tie. The two Clippers who scored goals were Luc Olivier Blain and Joe Perry (on the power play). For blocking 24 shots, goalie Loic Boivin was named the Second Star of the Game.
The next day, the WFG-sponsored Clippers ventured to Surrey to take on the Eagles. And, like the previous day’s contest, this game also featured a 2-2 score at the end of regulation thanks to goals scored by Luc Olivier Blain and Victor Newell. However, Tyler Mah proved to be the difference maker for our “Junior A” hockey team, who scored an OT goal to give the Clippers a 3-2 win. For assisting on two of the three goals, Cody Bremner was named the First Star of the Game.
After an off day on Thursday, the Clippers headed to Frank Crane Arena to take on the Burnaby Express on Friday the 13th. And the game was unlucky for the Express, despite scoring four goals, including once on the power play. The Clippers scored six, thanks to Carson Schell, Cody Bremner on the power play, Luc Olivier Blain, Andrew Galdiuk (twice) and Nicholas McIntyre on both the power play and an empty Burnaby net. The final score was 6-4 in favor of the Clippers. Gladiuk and Blain were named the Third and First Stars of the game, respectively.
Sunday, Nov. 15, saw a home matinee opposite the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Capitals did not score until the start of the third period and even had two power plays that didn’t see a score. The Clippers were 2 for 4 on the power play with goals scored by Luc Olivier Blain and newcomer Matt Ius, who also scored twice more to earn a hat trick. Also scoring goals for Nanaimo were Andrew Gladiuk, Cody Bremner and Victor Newell. This game was a runaway win for the Clippers, with the final score of 7-1, and Nanaimo boasting all Three Stars of the Game: Joe Perry for two timely assists, Blain and our newest Clipper Ius.
Although in fifth place, our WFG Nanaimo Clippers are on a tear with a three game win streak and a seven game unbeaten streak! Up next for our team is a Wednesday home contest against the Merritt Centennials. Friday sees a road game opposite the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, and Saturday has our “Junior A” team playing the Westside Warriors at Frank Crane Arena. Way to go Clippers from all of us at World Financial Group!