Team tries to make most of home ice
By Greg Sakaki - Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: October 27, 2012 12:00 PM
Updated: October 28, 2012 2:48 PM
The Nanaimo Clippers gave their fans a few reasons to cheer this month, but they would have hoped to inspire more applause.
Tonight (Oct. 28) is the team’s seventh and final home game of the month at Frank Crane Arena, as the Clips host the Powell River Kings.
“It’s a place where we can’t be giving away points,” said Trevor Fitzgerald, Clippers captain.
Going into the weekend the Shipmen had won just one of their five home games this month, so they were determined to get some points out of last night’s game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals and tonight’s tilt with the Kings.
“It’s our home barn and we definitely have to take advantage of that, because later on we’re going to be travelling a lot,” said Michael McNicholas, Clippers forward.
In November, for example, Nanaimo will play only three of its 11 games at Frank Crane.
So they’ll appreciate another go-round at their home rink as they host the four-time defending Coastal Conference champions from Powell River.
“When our team shows up we play really well and I think we can beat anyone,” McNicholas said. “We just need to have everybody working hard.”
GAME ON … The Clippers and Kings face off tonight (Oct. 27) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.