Nanaimo Clippers player Jesse Neher

Nanaimo Clippers player Jesse Neher

Barrage of shots not enough for win

More than 60 shots weren't enough as the Clips fell to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in double overtime Sunday, 4-3.

The Nanaimo Clippers turned Frank Crane Arena into a shooting gallery on Thanksgiving Sunday – call it a turkey shoot.

But even a barrage of more than 60 shots wasn’t enough as the Clips fell to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in double overtime, 4-3.

“We had two games’ worth of shots on goal,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “Hopefully you’d expect a little bit more results.”

After Kyle Kramer scored a first-period goal and Chris Rygus added one in the second for a 2-1 lead, the visitors scored their second power-play goal of the game early in the third period. The score held until Brenden Forbes wristed a puck into the top corner with four minutes left. The Silverbacks answered right back, however, sliding a puck beyond the pad of Clips goalie Jarrod Schamerhorn with two and a half minutes to go.

The first overtime period didn’t solve anything, but Salmon Arm’s Alex Gillies scored his second goal of the game a minute into double OT. It earned the win for Silverbacks goalie Colin Dzijacky, who made 61 saves as his team was outshot 64-33.

“We played well, we played hard, we played really hard, actually, carried a tremendous amount of the play…” said Vandekamp. “I don’t think we got outplayed or outworked, we just had a couple key moments in the game [when] we’ve got to kill the penalties.”

GAME ON … The Clippers host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday (Oct. 12) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena, then visit the Bulldogs the next night in Port Alberni. On Sunday (Oct. 14) the Clips play host to the Penticton Vees in a 3 p.m. game at Frank Crane.

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