The Nanaimo Clippers climbed the standings after beating two divisional opponents on the weekend.
The Clips won two out of three road games, splitting a pair against the Powell River Kings on Friday and Saturday, then beating the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Sunday at Duncan.
Nanaimo started off with a 4-3 win over the Kings, who are the B.C. Hockey League’s first-placed team. The Kings won the rematch 4-1. Against the Caps, the Clips won 4-2.
Friday’s game was 1-1 in the first period until the visitors got a goal late in the first and two more early in the second for a 4-1 lead. Bo Brauer scored two goals to lead Nanaimo and Jacob Hanlon and Korey Morgan had the other goals. Jayson Argue made 27 saves in the win.
The next day, Nick Gushue’s power-play marker was the only offence for the Clippers. Liam McLeod made 31 saves in defeat.
In Sunday’s matinee, the Clippers got behind 2-1 after one period but Mason Mitchell scored goals in the second and third periods to give his team the lead. Austin Dick and Corey Renwick had the other goals for the Clips and Argue made 25 saves for the win.
GAME ON … The Clippers have back-to-back home games this coming weekend. They play the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena and then host the Penticton Vees on Saturday, also a 7 p.m. faceoff at Frank Crane. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and $8 for children.