The World Financial Group-sponsored Nanaimo Clippers have been on the road a lot lately. Their last four games were away, and they won three of them. This past week saw the “Junior A” hockey team play two on their home ice of Frank Crane Arena and one more road trip.
The first home game was Wed., Feb. 10, against the Williams Lake Timberwolves. Although the game wasn’t “all Nanaimo”, it was close. The scoring started early in the first period thanks to a power play goal by Second Star of the Game Luc Olivier Blain. Then First Star of the Game Mike Domsodi scored two goals, one on a power play, before the first intermission. In the second period, Tristan Lowenberger and Teal Burns scored to take a 5-0 lead. Although the Timberwolves scored in the third, Nanaimo took this game 5-1. Goalie Loic Boivin blocked 15 out of 16 shots. For his hard playing, Kyle Weber was named the Third Star of the Game.
Friday night saw the Quesnel Millionaires visit Frank Crane Arena. The Millionaires lost in their last game against our hockey club, and they were looking for payback. And, although the Millionaires did force the game into double overtime, it was the Clippers’ night thanks to goals by Colton Cyr, Second Star of the Game Brayden Jaw and First Star of the Game Luc Olivier Blain on the power play. Nanaimo won 3-2.
Saturday saw the WFG-sponsored Clippers board their bus again for their last regular season road game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Clippers were playing to win, shooting 38 shots on goal. Four points were scored in the first period by Brayden Jaw, Colton Cyr, Joe Perry (on the power play) and Luc Olivier Blain, but the scoring wasn’t done. Andrew Gladiuk scored in the second. Brayden Jaw scored again in the third and Cody Bremner scored to take this game 7-4. Stars of the Game honors were all Clippers: Carson Schell, Luc Olivier Blain and Brayden Jaw. With this win, the Clippers will be in the BCHL playoff that begins Fri.,Feb. 26.
The Clippers next take the ice this Friday, Feb. 19, against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in their last regular season game on home ice. The puck drops at 7:30 local time at Frank Crane Arena. GO CLIPPERS!