Powell River Kings player J.P. Villeneuve, front, and Nanaimo Clippers player Greg Fraser take a faceoff during a game earlier this season at Frank Crane Arena. The teams play Friday (Nov. 23) and Saturday at Powell River.
Clippers, Kings will play mini-series
By Greg Sakaki - Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: November 22, 2012 6:00 AM
Sports teams always talk about taking things a game at a time.
But for the Nanaimo Clippers this weekend, their approach will be a little different.
The city’s B.C. Hockey League club travels to Powell River to play the Kings twice over a span of 24 hours. Facing 120 minutes of hockey against the same team, against the same style, the Clippers will try to win as many of the six periods as they can.
“It is a little bit of a different feel when you’re playing the same team like that, all in a row,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “It’s a matter of breaking it down period by period. And getting off to a good start’s really important … We’ve got to be sharp early and try to keep momentum as long as we can.”
The team that is able to stick to its system and play consistently over those six periods is going to be the one that ends up “winning the weekend,” said the coach.
“Games against Powell River tend to be pretty tight checking – both teams tend to play a somewhat similar style,” Vandekamp said. “The games that we’ve played against them so far this year have been very close.”
GAME ON … Friday’s game is at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s rematch goes at 5 p.m. … The Clippers’ next home game is Dec. 1, when the Kings come to Frank Crane Arena.