Buccaneers will be busy

The Nanaimo Buccaneers play three games in three nights starting tonight (Sept. 11) at home against the Kerry Park Islanders.

Nanaimo Buccaneers player Trent Bell takes a shot on goal during a game last week.

Nanaimo Buccaneers player Trent Bell takes a shot on goal during a game last week.

The Nanaimo Buccaneers have their first win in the bag and now they’ll try for a few more.

The city’s Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team plays three games in three nights starting tonight (Sept. 11) at home against the Kerry Park Islanders.

Coach Derek Bachynski said back-to-back-to-back games are a physical challenge.

“It’s early in the season, so maybe our conditioning level isn’t where it should be mid-season,” he said. “But off the ice, we’ve been working hard and our practices are fast so they’re getting the conditioning in the practices.”

So even though the team has a busy schedule coming up, the coach still wanted his guys to skate hard this week.

“Having a good practice leads into a good game in my mind, so practice will be important this week,” Bachynski said.

GAME ON … The Bucs and Isles play tonight at 7:15 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Tickets cost $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for kids 6-12 … The Bucs will visit the Campbell River Storm on Friday in a 7:30 p.m. faceoff at Strathcona Gardens and then take on the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. game at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.

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