Clips drop playoff opener at Powell River

Playing well wasn’t enough to win Game 1, but the Nanaimo Clippers will keep at it.

The city’s B.C. Hockey League club dropped the opener of its best-of-seven playoff series with the Powell River Kings by a 3-2 score on the road Tuesday.

Nanaimo jumped to a 2-0 lead midway through the first period on goals from Mason Mitchell and Devin Brosseau, but Powell River got both those goals back before intermission. A goal midway through the second period held up as the winner, even though the Clippers put up a pretty good flurry of pressure to try for a tying goal.

“We’re both teams that forecheck very hard, trying to cause breakdowns in the other team’s end,” said Dave Johnston, assistant coach. “So that’s what we did. We did a good job of trying to create some opportunities. We just didn’t get a bounce here or a bounce there.”

Shots were 33-30 for the home team, with Jayson Argue making 30 saves for Nanaimo. Edwin Hookenson assisted on both the Clippers' goals.

“It was a good game. We were really happy with how our team played,” said Johnston. “We worked hard, we played a very structured game, we just unfortunately didn’t get the result … The only thing we’re disappointed in is that we didn’t win.”

GAME ON … Game 2 is Wednesday (March 5) at 6:30 p.m. at Powell River's Hap Parker Arena. Game 3 will be Friday (March 7) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena and Game 4 will be Saturday, also 7 p.m. at Frank Crane.

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