Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Connor LaCouvee makes a stop on Nanaimo Clippers forward Bo Brauer as Alberni’s Kurt Gosselin defends on the play during B.C. Hockey League action Friday night at Frank Crane Arena.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Connor LaCouvee makes a stop on Nanaimo Clippers forward Bo Brauer as Alberni’s Kurt Gosselin defends on the play during B.C. Hockey League action Friday night at Frank Crane Arena.

Clippers end year on winning note

The Shipmen defeated the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-2 on Saturday in Duncan to end 2013.

The Nanaimo Clippers will have a merrier Christmas knowing they won their last game before the break. The Shipmen defeated the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-2 on Saturday in Duncan to end 2013.

The Clips broke open a 2-2 tie late in the third period, then added a couple of late insurance markers.

Devin Brosseau had two goals and an assist to lead the offence, Sheldon Rempal scored the game-winning goal and Edwin Hookenson and Anthony Sabitsky also tallied. Jayson Argue was the winning goalie as his team outshot the opposition 32-30.

The previous night was an ugly 2-0 loss to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at Frank Crane Arena. Tanner Kovacs made 28 saves as his team was outshot 30-16. Zach Funk, who is from Nanaimo, scored both goals for the visitors.

“We have lots of passion and lots of heart… It’s not that we don’t have it,” said Mike Vandekamp after the game. “We just don’t bring it all the time and that might be the frustrating thing.”