Clippers need to bear down on chances

Mike Vandekamp, coach of Nanaimo’s B.C. Hockey League club, suggested his players can do more in the attacking zone.

The math didn’t add up for the Nanaimo Clippers in their two weekend losses.

After starting with a 4-2 win Friday over the Victoria Grizzlies, the Clips lost by 5-2 scores to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and the Coquitlam Express.

Each game had its own surges and setbacks, positives and negatives, but to oversimplify things, two goals didn’t get it done in the two losses.

Mike Vandekamp, coach of Nanaimo’s B.C. Hockey League club, suggested his players can do more in the attacking zone.

“We’ve got to bear down and make plays offensively and we’ve got to bear down on our chances,” he said.

And that’s more about mindset than X’s and O’s.

“Shoot the puck hard, hopefully it goes in,” Vandekamp said. “Make an offensive play, hit the net with our shots … The net’s six-by-four, make sure you hit it and go to the net for rebounds. Hopefully have a little bit of composure and confidence when you’re making plays around the net.”

GAME ON … The Clippers play one game this coming weekend, hosting the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Sunday (Oct. 7) at 3 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.