Nanaimo Clippers defenceman checks Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Jake Witkowski in front of Clippers goalie Austin Roden during Friday's BCHL opener at Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena.

Nanaimo Clippers defenceman checks Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Jake Witkowski in front of Clippers goalie Austin Roden during Friday's BCHL opener at Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena.

Clippers beaten by Bulldogs as BCHL season begins

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs beat the Nanaimo Clippers 4-1 on Friday night at Frank Crane Arena in the first game of the BCHL season.

The Nanaimo Clippers brought energy to the season opener, but it was the Alberni Valley Bulldogs who capitalized on scoring chances.

The Bulldogs beat the Clippers 4-1 on Friday night at Frank Crane Arena in the first game of the B.C. Hockey League season.

Alberni forward Tristan Bukovec scored all four goals for his team.

“Honestly, I just kind of found the front of the net and my teammates got me the puck there,” he said.

The Clips had the run of play for long stretches, including the start of the game.

“Especially for our home opener, I thought we started great,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “We didn’t have a lot of nerves; we seemed to be flying and pushing.”

But Bukovec scored late in the first period on a wrap-around, and in the first part of the second period Nanaimo ran into penalty trouble and Bukovec kept finding space and loose pucks at the side of the crease.

Nanaimo got on the board midway through the second when Matt Creamer squeezed in a shot from a difficult angle. The Clippers got quite a few outside shots the rest of the way, but couldn’t close the gap.

“We didn’t score on our chances around their net,” Vandekamp said. “We seemed to have trouble being able to find a way to get those rebounds up and over their goalie.”

The coach said the team would focus on special teams and said Sunday’s home game against the Powell River Kings now becomes magnified.

“We’ll just keep plugging away,” Vandekamp said. “Early on we’re going to try to fight hard to keep our heads above water while we learn and grow and get better as a team.”

Bulldogs players Trevor Cosgrove and Jake Witkowski had two assists each.

Shots were 40-22 in favour of the Clippers. Brody Claeys made 39 saves for the win and Brendan Barry got the start in net for Nanaimo before being relieved by Austin Roden.

GAME ON … The Clippers play the Kings on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. Tickets will be available at the door.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Beef to the lady who went onto my property then proceeded to take my large plant from my home. I found out and asked for it returned. You said I was dramatic? You should be ashamed of yourself.
Beefs & Bouquets, June 16

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

The discovery of a missing woman’s body in Nanaimo earlier this month is now being treated as homicide, say Nanaimo RCMP. (File photo)
Discovery of woman’s body in downtown Nanaimo now being investigated as a homicide

Amy Watts’s body was discovered near Albert Street and Victoria Crescent on June 3

Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)
Lotto Max player in Nanaimo wins $500,000

Campbell River lotto player wins $1 million in the Tuesday, June 15 draw

An artist’s rendering of a proposed student housing complex at 326 Wakesiah Ave. (WA Architects Ltd. image)
Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)
Lotto Max player in Nanaimo wins $500,000

Campbell River lotto player wins $1 million in the Tuesday, June 15 draw

Island Health is bringing a vaccination clinic to Lake Cowichan starting June 23. (Submitted)
Island Health opening COVID-19 vaccine clinic to boost lagging Cowichan Lake numbers

Cowichan Valley West the only Island area under 60 per cent in adult first dose totals

For more than a year, Rene Doyharcabal and a small group of neighbours in Langley’s Brookswood neighbourhood have been going out every evening to show support for first responders by honking horns and banging pots and drums. Now, a neighbour has filed a noise complaint. (Langley Advance Times file)
Noise complaint filed against nightly show of support for health care workers in B.C. city

Langley Township contacted group to advise of complaint, but no immediate action is expected

A nurse prepares a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Thomas
Vancouver couple pleads guilty to breaking Yukon COVID rules, travelling for vaccine

Chief Judge Michael Cozens agreed with a joint sentencing submission,

An inmate in solitary confinement given lunch on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg
22-hour cap on solitary confinement for youth in custody still too long: B.C. lawyer

Jennifer Metcalfe was horrified to hear a youth had spent a total of 78 straight days in isolation

Flowers and candles were laid on the driveway of the Weber home, where Kerri Weber was found dead in November 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria man to stand trial for death of his wife last November

Ken Weber is charged with second-degree murder of his wife, Kerri Weber

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens as Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents the province’s latest budget, April 20, 2021. The budget projects $19 billion in deficits over three years. (Hansard TV)
B.C. government budget balloons, beyond COVID-19 response

Provincial payroll up 104,000 positions, $10 billion since 2017

COVID-related trash is washing up on shorelines across the world, including Coldstream’s Kal Beach, as pictured in this May 2021 photograph. (Jennifer Smith - Black Press)
Shoreline cleanup finds COVID-related trash increased during height of the pandemic

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup reports litter from single-use food packaging nearly doubled

Most Read