Clippers clawed by Grizzlies

The Nanaimo Clippers had a lot of shots but not enough firepower to keep pace with the hot-shooting Victoria Grizzlies.

Nanaimo’s B.C. Hockey League team fell 6-3 on Tuesday down the Malahat.

The first period was a wild one. After the Grizz scored two early goals, the Clips managed to tie it up as Yannick LaFlamme scored a power play goal and then Colton Cyr potted one midway through the frame. Victoria restored its two-goal lead soon after, though, with goals two and a half minutes apart.

The Grizz scored the only goal of the second period, then made it a blowout when Joel Lowry completed the natural hat trick midway through the third period. Clippers player Brayden Jaw rounded out the scoring with five minutes to go when he rushed down the wing and snapped a shot from well out that found the twine.

Nanaimo’s starting goalie Charles-Andre Pelletier was pulled after the fourth goal and backup Charles-Alexy Premont didn’t see much action the rest of the way as final shots were 47-28 for the Clippers.

ICE CHIPS … Clippers defenceman Graeme McCormack, a former Grizzlies player, had two assists. Dustin Johnson, a former Clipper, scored a goal and an assist … Nanaimo’s next game is Thursday (Nov. 4) at 7 p.m. in Port Alberni against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Shipmen then play back-to-back home games against the Grizzlies and Powell River Kings on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in 7:10 p.m. starts at Frank Crane Arena.

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