Clippers score OT victory over Vees

The Nanaimo Clippers won 3-2 in overtime, scoring twice in the third period to come back from a 2-0 deficit, force OT and win.

Nanaimo Clippers player Brendan Taylor

Nanaimo Clippers player Brendan Taylor

The Nanaimo Clippers proved again they can skate with the best, defeating the Penticton Vees on Saturday in the best game of the season so far.

The Clips won 3-2 in overtime, scoring twice in the third period to come back from a 2-0 deficit, force OT and win.

“It was a true team victory,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “We had contributions from a lot of different people so I’m pretty proud of my team.”

Nick Gushue was the hero, scoring two goals including the overtime winner and assisting on the other. On the winning goal, he stickhandled his way across the Vees zone and while fans implored him to shoot, he waited until he was in position in the slot and then fired the puck into the back of the net. The entire team mobbed him in celebration, he got to skate out as first star and then his teammates serenaded him with “Happy Birthday” in the locker room on what will be a memorable 19th for Gushue.

“It was awesome,” he said.

He recalled that the Clippers won a home game on his birthday last year, too, but this one, against the powerhouse Vees, was definitely a bigger win.

“I think we just stuck with it,” Gushue said. “The first period we were a little tight on our sticks but we just battled through it and as Mike said in the intermissions, we’ve just got to keep going and goals will come.”

Vandekamp said he actually outlined the whole comeback in the second intermission.

“We said, when we do get a power play, we have to score on it and then we’ll get one late. We can give those guys a point, they’re not in our division,” the coach said. “It was really quite funny because we actually told the story in the intermission and it played out.”

Gushue scored his first on a five-on-three power play early in the third period, then Austin Dick scored on a point shot with two and a half minutes left in regulation. Gushue’s winner came halfway through the first OT frame. Jayson Argue was the winning goalie, making 22 saves.

The night before, the Clips defeated the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 2-1, also at Frank Crane Arena. Mason Mitchell scored the game-winning goal in that one seven minutes into the third period and Sheldon Rempal had Nanaimo’s other goal. Argue made 33 saves for the ‘W’ that night.

GAME ON … The Clippers head off on the road this week to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the Trail Smoke Eaters, Penticton Vees and Merritt Centennials, respectively.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Construction work continues on the City of Nanaimo’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street. (News Bulletin file)
Next phase of borrowing approved as Nanaimo fire hall construction ongoing

City of Nanaimo CAO says construction on Fitzwilliam Street hall on schedule and budget

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Tenth Street near Southside Drive on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Driver OK after crashing vehicle off the side of Nanaimo’s Tenth Street

Crews say wet roads a factor a crash Sunday, June 13

Emergency crews on scene of a two-car crash at the intersection of Cranberry Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Crash blocks Cranberry intersection in Nanaimo, no one injured

Incident blocks both southbound lanes of Trans-Canada Highway

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

Nanaimo is the first city in Canada to subscribe to the Chonolog environment photo-monitoring system, which allow residents to contribute photos of habitat restoration projects that are converted to time lapse sequences showing environmental changes. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)
Nanaimo residents invited to be citizen scientists by sharing habitat restoration photos

Nanaimo first city in Canada to sign up for Chronolog environment photo monitoring service

Emergency crews on scene of a two-car crash at the intersection of Cranberry Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Crash blocks Cranberry intersection in Nanaimo, no one injured

Incident blocks both southbound lanes of Trans-Canada Highway

Cruise ship passengers arrive at Juneau, Alaska in 2018. Cruise lines have begun booking passengers for trips from Seattle to Alaska as early as this July, bypassing B.C. ports that are not allowed to have visitors until March 2022 under a Canadian COVID-19 restrictions. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
B.C. doesn’t depend on U.S. law to attract cruise ships, Horgan says

Provinces to get update next week on Canada’s border closure

This undated photo provided by Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails shows a scout donating cookies to firefighters in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, as part of the Hometown Heroes program. As the coronavirus pandemic wore into the spring selling season, many Girl Scout troops nixed their traditional cookie booths for safety reasons. That resulted in millions of boxes of unsold cookies. (Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails via AP)
Thinner Mints: Girl Scouts have millions of unsold cookies

Since majority of cookies are sold in-person, pandemic made the shortfall expected

In this artist’s sketch, Nathaniel Veltman makes a video court appearance in London, Ont., on June 10, 2021 as Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen (top left) and lawyer Alayna Jay look on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould
Terror charges laid against London attack suspect

Crown says Nathaniel Veltman’s four counts of first-degree murder constitute an act of terrorism

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province's fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps near Nanaimo

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

A section of proposed Harbourfront Walkway between White Eagle Terrace and Battersea Road. (City of Nanaimo image)
Nanaimo’s proposed walkway extension project estimated at $25-30 million

City asking for feedback on concepts to connect Departure Bay Beach and ferry terminal

City of Nanaimo council has approved amendments for an animal control bylaw requested by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The bylaw includes language related to quail. (Wikipedia Commons photo)
Province asks for tweaks to Nanaimo’s animal responsibility bylaw

Ministry concerned bylaw wording could create municipal and provincial jurisdictional overlaps

Most Read