Clippers gaining swagger

Nanaimo Clippers forward Mike Domsodi whacks at a rebound during Wednesday’s game against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Frank Crane Arena. The home team won 6-0.

The Clippers are coming around.

Going into the weekend’s action, Nanaimo’s B.C. Hockey League team had won its last two games by blowout scores of 10-2 over the Prince George Spruce Kings and 6-0 over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Players are getting healthy and newcomers are contributing. Mostly, the team is seeing returns for playing hard.

“I don’t think there’s many teams in this league that can compete with us when we play 60 minutes,” said Mike Puddifant, Clippers defenceman.

“We don’t want to be cocky or anything like that, but there’s a certain swagger that good teams have and I think that’s running around right now.”

Clippers coach Bill Bestwick said he’s seeing signs of teammates trusting one another, which has built belief and confidence.

“When we’re scoring and we’re winning, everybody’s lifted up and everyone’s just playing harder and that helps us win more games,” said Brodie Jamieson, Clippers forward.

“To keep the streak we’ve just got to keep giving the same effort and not getting too full of ourselves and still keep working as hard as we have been.”

GAME ON … Nanaimo’s next game is Sunday (Oct. 17) when the Langley Chiefs visit Frank Crane Arena for a 3 p.m. faceoff. Tickets will be available at the door.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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