The Nanaimo Buccaneers weren’t able to get a winning result in their home debut, but they’ll get a second chance this week.
The city’s Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League club lost 6-2 to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings last Thursday in the first regular-season home game at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Chad Bell and Nolan Richardson scored the goals and Alex Orth manned the crease as his team was outshot 37-28 by the Yetis.
The Bucs played another divisional rival two nights later and skated to a 3-3 draw with the Oceanside Generals in Parksville. Trent Bell scored the first two goals for his team and then Jordan Levesque scored a game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period. Cole Manns got his first start in goal this season and responded with a huge 46-save effort as his team was outshot 49-27.
GAME ON … The Bucs and Gens play a rematch this Thursday (Sept. 17) at 7:15 p.m. at the NIC, then Nanaimo visits the Campbell River Storm on Friday.