January finally ended for the World Financial Group-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL. And February looked to be tough with a four game road trip to start the shortest month of the year. But after ending January with a win, it looked as if our team was starting to turn around and make it into the BCHL playoffs.
The first game of the trip saw the Clippers take on the Merritt Centennials last Tuesday. Clippers forward Cody Bremner scored the first goal of the game after a no scoring first period. Merritt answered back, but Carson Schell, Nicholas McIntyre and Colton Cyr (unassisted into an empty net) all scored in the third period to win 4-2. Bremner was named the First Star of the Game and goalie Loic Boivin, who blocked 32 out of 34 shots, was named the Third Star.
The next night saw our WFG-sponsored “Junior A” hockey team visit Quesnel to take on the Millionaires. Andrew Gladiuk got the offense fired up with the first goal of the game. He also scored a goal in the second and a goal in the third (on the power play), earning Gladiuk a hat trick! And, for good measure, Colton Cyr added a goal of his own in the third period as Nanaimo took this one 4-3. Gladiuk was named the First Star of the Game, and Brayden Jaw earned the title of Second Star, thanks to his hard playing and two assists.
After an off night, the Prince George Spruce Kings wanted to avenge their loss to the Clippers last week. And revenge they did get by taking this game 5-2. Scoring the goals for Nanaimo were Kyle Kramer and Brayden Jaw. Both were on the power play.
But Saturday would see no rest for the Clippers. Our team visited the Williams Lake Timberwolves and took an early lead. Carson Schell scored the lone goal of the first period (unassisted) and Cody Bremner scored the lone goal of the second. The Timberwolves then scored three unanswered goals to take the lead. But the Clippers came back, thanks to goals from Teal Burns, Brayden Jaw (on the power play) and Victor Newell (unassisted). Nanaimo won this one 5-3. For his goal and second period assist, Burns was named the Second Star of the Game.
After a long road trip, the WFG Nanaimo Clippers return to the confines of Frank Crane Arena opposite the Williams Lake Timberwolves this coming Wednesday and the Quesnel Millionaires on Friday. Then another road game beckons for our team in Cowichan Valley on Saturday. Go Clippers!