Clippers building Island rivalries

The Nanaimo Clippers host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday (Nov. 14) for the second of four meetings this month in BCHL play.

The Island Division’s top two teams will vie for positioning all month long.

The Nanaimo Clippers host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday (Nov. 14) for the second of four meetings this month in B.C. Hockey League play. Nanaimo edged Port Alberni 5-4 in overtime last weekend and Clippers coach Mike Vandekamp said the rivalry is building.

“There was already quite a bit of animosity in [last week]’s game, so I would expect that that’s only going to continue to grow,” he said. “And that’s what we want. We want to have rivalries with every team in our division.”

He will be looking for structured play from his team. In last weekend’s matchup with the Bulldogs, the game became “river hockey” at times, he said.

“So that’s probably a big thing, is just trying to dictate the game by being more structured,” Vandekamp said.

GAME ON … The Clippers and Bulldogs face off Friday at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. The Clips are also at home Sunday as they take on the Chilliwack Chiefs in a 2 p.m matinee … Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by visiting www.nanaimoclippers.com or calling 250-751-0593.

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