Clippers win pre-season finale

The Nanaimo Clippers’ pre-season went pretty much according to plan.

The B.C. Hockey League team was able to build some chemistry and some winning habits as it came out on top in three out of four games over the past two weeks.

The Clips finished the exhibition schedule with a 7-2 win over the Victoria Grizzlies on Saturday in Esquimalt after getting shut out 4-0 by the Grizz the night before at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Clippers assistant coach Michael Olson said his team played two pretty good periods Friday before unravelling in the third.

“We got a little bit out of our element and maybe a little bit undisciplined in the third period,” Olson said.

But the team was able to identify and correct things on Saturday, showing improvement as the game went on.

“We played a pretty solid game,” said Olson. “We were very encouraged in how they were able to respond after a loss the night before.”

In Saturday’s victory, Charles Pelletier went the distance in goal. Complete scoring statistics were not available, but Dustin Beairsto had a two-goal night.

On Friday Pelletier and Loic Boivin split time in the crease.

GAME ON … The Nanaimo Clippers open the BCHL regular season this Saturday (Sept. 11) with a road game against the Powell River Kings.

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