Cowichan Valley Capitals player Nicholas Wong

Clippers power past Capitals

It was bombs away from the point as the Nanaimo Clippers beat the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday night.

Nanaimo used four power-play goals – all of them generated off point shots – to defeat the Caps 4-3 at Frank Crane Arena.

The visitors got on the scoreboard just three minutes in, but the home team responded less than five minutes later when Sam Labrecque’s blast found the back of the net.

“We had a bit of a sloppy, difficult start of the game and then we scored on the power play and I think it pumped the team up,” Labrecque said.

He added another goal on the PP nine minutes later – his fourth goal in three games since returning from injury – as the Shipmen assumed full control of the play.

Graeme McCormack made it 3-1 midway through the second period, and he also keyed Nanaimo’s next goal early in the third period when his point shot ricocheted in off teammate Gerry Fitzgerald.

The Capitals scored two power-play goals of their own in the last two minutes of the game, but couldn’t add the tying marker.

“We set the pace and worked hard and that drew penalties and we took advantage on the power play,” McCormack said.

Nanaimo finished 4-for-10 with the man advantage. Even when the power-play units didn’t score, they controlled the puck shift after shift.

“Puck movement was really fast,” Labrecque said. “Against this team in particular, their PK’s very aggressive so it’s very important to move the puck very fast.”

Charles-Andre Pelletier earned the win in goal for the Clips as his team outshot the opposition 35-25.

GAME ON … The Clippers host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs this Wednesday (Dec. 1) at 7:10 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

City and automotive businesses battling downtown vandalism

Chain link fence topped with barbed wire to block access under Bastion Street bridge

Nanaimo councillors vote to ban plastic bags from retailers

‘If we want to try and get something done we should shock people’

Drivers taken to hospital after serious crash in Nanaimo’s south end

Crews were on scene for six hours late Monday night and into the early-morning hours Tuesday

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Nanaimo school district aims for consistency in sexual health education

School district presents its vision for sexual health education

VIDEO: Menorah lighting in Nanaimo celebrates start of Hanukkah

Lego menorah building and doughnuts among the festivities Tuesday, Dec. 12

Ladysmith woman who jumped from ferry meets rescuers

A local artist who survived five hours in the frigid waters of… Continue reading

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Tequila, hammers and knives: what not to bring on an airplane

Vancouver International Airport staff provide tips on travelling during the holidays

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

B.C. polygamous leader argues charge should be dropped in charter challenge

Winston Blackmore argues some of the evidence shouldn’t be used against him

Most Read