Canadian Thanksgiving was this past Monday, Oct. 12. For the Thanksgiving weekend, the Junior A Nanaimo Clippers, sponsored by World Financial Group, took to their home ice opposite the Burnaby Express and Victoria Grizzlies. Would the Clippers be thankful for wins this weekend?
On Friday, October 9, the Burnaby Express visited the Clippers at the friendly confines of Frank Crane Arena, which turned out to be very friendly to the Clippers. Luc Olivier Blain scored on a power play in the first period. Joe Perry scored twice: once in the first and once in the second. These three goals allowed Nanaimo to win 3-1 over Burnaby. Goalie Loic Boivin blocked 26 out of 27 shots. For his hard playing, Clipper Victor Newell was named the Third Star of the Game. For two timely assists, Carson Schell was named the Second Star and the two-goal scoring Perry was named the First Star.
Sunday, October 11 saw the Victoria Grizzlies come to Nanaimo. The lads in the WFG hockey jerseys have lost two games to the Grizzlies this season, and they remembered that in the second period. Five different Clippers players scored: Nicholas McIntyre, Joe Perry (on a power play), Andrew Gladiuk, Kyle Kramer (unassisted) and Cody Bremner. This proved to be enough for the Clippers, as they beat the Grizzlies for the first time this season 5-4. Carson Schell was the Third Star of the Game for another timely assist while Clippers goalie Loic Boivin was named First Star. Boivin had 33 blocked shots.
Up next for the Clippers is a Wednesday home game against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at an earlier start of 7 pm. Friday will see a visit from the Trail Smoke Eaters with a puck drop at 7:30 pm. And on Saturday, the Clippers will travel to Alberni Valley to take on the Bulldogs at 7.
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