Clippers look to maintain momentum

The city’s B.C. Hockey League club, winner of four in a row, closes out its regular season with home games Friday (March 8) and Sunday.

The Nanaimo Clippers are on a win streak that they’d love to carry right into the post-season.

The city’s B.C. Hockey League club, winner of four in a row, closes out its regular season with home games Friday (March 8) and Sunday against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and the West Kelowna Warriors, respectively.

The Clippers have locked up second place in their division, but there is still more to play for this weekend.

“The points are still important down the road,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “You don’t know who’s going to win in the playoffs and where you’re going to get to, but points are always going to give you a chance to have home-ice possibly down the road.”

Friday’s matchup with Alberni is a first-round playoff preview. The Clippers beat the Bulldogs 6-3 on Sunday and will try to maintain that edge.

“We gave ourselves the momentum … but it would be nice to keep it prior to the playoffs,” Vandekamp said.

Mason Mitchell, Clippers forward, said his team will try to do the same things that worked in last weekend’s win.

“We’ve … got to come out with the same mentality like we are going to [have] in playoffs,” he said.

GAME ON … Friday’s opening faceoff is at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. That night there will be a rapid-fire shooting contest during intermission with a possible top prize of $10,000 …Nanaimo ends off the BCHL regular season on Sunday at 3 p.m. against the Warriors at Frank Crane.

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