Two weekends ago, the World Financial Group-sponsored (WFG) Nanaimo Clippers had four games on the road or, in the vernacular of the popular nursery rhyme, “went to market.” Last weekend, our Clippers “stayed home”. This week, I guess they had roast beef. I’m only kidding, dear readers. Instead, the Clippers split the difference by playing one game at the Frank Crane Arena and another on the road. But no matter where they played, our own junior hockey team had a pretty good weekend.
Things got started early on Friday, January 30. The Clippers hosted the Langley Chiefs of the Coastal conference. For two periods, the teams engaged in a “gotcha last” mentality; Langley would score a goal, and Nanaimo would answer right back. By the end of the second period, the score was tied at two all. Then the Clippers gained the upper hand with a Joe Perry goal after a minute had gone by in the third. Two minutes later, all-star Russell Goodman scored an insurance goal, which was also his second of the evening. And while Langley came within one goal later in the third, our Clippers sealed the deal on an empty net goal from Russell Goodman with eleven seconds left in regulation. This earned the hat trick scoring Goodman one of the stars of the game along with his teammate Kurtis Bartliff, who had a goal in the second.
On January 31, the WFG-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers traveled to Duncan to take on the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Capitals are currently second in the Island Conference of the British Columbia Hockey League, eight points ahead of our Clippers. So there was ground to gain for both teams in this contest. However, the game ended in a stalemate as both teams skated to a 1-1 tie. Tyler Pistone scored the only goal for the Clippers in the third period. But the defense held strong as no power play goals were allowed. Also, Clippers goalie saved 37 shots out of 38. Way to go guys!
Tuesday, February 3, saw the Clippers in action against the Victoria Grizzlies with a 7:10 local time face off. And the World Financial Group-sponsored Clippers returned home on the February 6 to take on the Alberni Bulldogs. Let’s hope for smooth sailing for our junior hockey team!