Nanaimo Clippers forward Lucas Finner has his shot stopped by Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Brody Claeys during Wednesday's Game 4 at Port Alberni's Weyerhaeuser Arena.

Nanaimo Clippers forward Lucas Finner has his shot stopped by Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Brody Claeys during Wednesday's Game 4 at Port Alberni's Weyerhaeuser Arena.

Clippers one win away from advancing

The Nanaimo Clippers defeated the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3-1 in Game 4 on Wednesday night at Port Alberni's Weyerhaeuser Arena.

The Nanaimo Clippers are one win away from advancing to the next round.

The Shipmen defeated the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3-1 in Game 4 on Wednesday night at Port Alberni’s Weyerhaeuser Arena.

Defenceman Sean Buchanan was the game’s first star with the game-winning goal and an assist, and Troy MacTavish and Nolan Aibel were the other scorers for Nanaimo. Alberni’s goal was scored by Adam Donnelly.

Evan Johnson was the winning goalie, stopping 28 of 29 shots, while Brody Claeys suffered the loss at the other end, making 39 saves on 42 shots.

After the Bulldogs won Game 1, the Clippers have won three straight in the best-of-seven series.

The winner will advance to play the Powell River Kings or Cowichan Valley Capitals in the Island final. The Kings are up three games to none in that series.

GAME ON … The Clippers play the Bulldogs on Friday (March 11) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. For ticket information, please visit www.nanaimoclippers.com or call 250-751-0593.