Clippers drop two, one to go
The Nanaimo Clippers suffered back-to-back losses, but they still have another weekend to get their game where they want it to be before playoffs.
The city’s B.C. Hockey League team lost 7-2 to the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan, then fell 3-1 to the Surrey Eagles the next night at Frank Crane Arena.
In the blowout loss, the home team pounced on the visitors, skating to a 5-0 lead before Clippers players Devin Brosseau and Korey Morgan tallied late in the second period to try to make a game of it. Tanner Kovacs suffered the loss in goal for Nanaimo as his team was outshot 41-37.
The next night, Sheldon Rempal scored for the Clips to draw his team even early in the first period, but the Eagles got a power-play goal late in the second and then iced the win with an empty-netter.
Jayson Argue tended goal for the Clippers as shots were 32-32.
The Clippers were forced to play short-handed much of the weekend, as Cowichan had 11 power-play opportunities to Nanaimo’s two on Friday, and Surrey had five PPs compared to just one for Nanaimo.
GAME ON … The Clippers (27-27-1-2) host the Powell River Kings this Friday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m. in the last game of the BCHL regular season.