When we last left the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers, they were tied with the Victoria Grizzlies at two games apiece in their best of seven series. How would the World Financial Group-sponsored “Junior A” hockey team do in the home stretch?
Game 5 was played on Thursday, March 4 in Victoria. Kyle Weber of the Clippers scored the first goal early in the game, then the Grizzlies scored the next goal to end the first period at a 1-1 tie. But the Clippers took over the game and never looked back, with Carson Schell, Teal Burns (on the power play) and Joe Perry scoring the game’s remaining goals. Nanaimo won 4-1 and regained the lead in the series, three games to two. Perry, Schell and Weber were named the Three Stars of the Game.
With the series one victory away for the WFG-sponsored Clippers, game six was played in the friendly confines of Frank Crane Arena on Friday, March 5. Victoria scored the first goal early in the first period. However, Clippers forward Brayden Jaw scored the next goal to tie the game. Not long after, Luc Olivier Blain scored on the power play to take the Clippers to a 2-1 lead at the end of the first. Cody Bremner scored in the second to extend the Clippers lead 3-1. And, although Victoria scored in the third, Nanaimo won the game 3-2 and the best of seven series four games to two! The Clippers also took all three Stars of the Game honors: goalie Loic Boivin (who blocked 29 out of 31 shots), Blain and Carson Schell.
The second round for our BCHL team begins Tuesday opposite the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Games one and two will be played at Weyerhaeuser Arena on March 9 and 10 with games three and four played on March 11 and 13 at Frank Crane Arena. GO CLIPPERS!