Clippers keep winning, improving

The Nanaimo Clippers doubled up the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 4-2 on Friday at Port Alberni to move to 3-0 to start the BCHL season.

The Nanaimo Clippers can’t be beat so far, and what’s more, they’re getting better.

The Clips doubled up the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 4-2 on Friday at Port Alberni to move to 3-0 to start the B.C. Hockey League season.

Nanaimo came out with a fast start in the game but took a couple of quick penalties and surrendered a five-on-three power-play goal late in the first period. An unlucky bounce in the first minute of the second period and they were down 2-0.

“We showed some resiliency,” said Mike Vandekamp, the team’s coach. “To stick with it and come back was good.”

Devin Brosseau had a goal and two assists to lead the comeback and Brendan Taylor, Korey Morgan and Ryan Forbes also scored. Liam McLeod got his first start of the season in goal and made 40 saves in a first-star performance.

The coach said the Clippers showed improved systems play.

“Just a little bit more understanding, for sure,” said the coach. “Certainly not the perfect game by any stretch, but still, I think we played better.”

GAME ON … The Clippers host the Victoria Grizzlies on Friday (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.

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