Nanaimo Clippers forward Jake Harris goes for a shot on goal during Wednesday's game against the Victoria Grizzlies at Frank Crane Arena.

Clippers suffer tough loss on tough night

The Nanaimo Clippers ere beaten 5-2 by the Victoria Grizzlies on Wednesday at Frank Crane Arena on a night when nothing went right.

The Nanaimo Clippers had a difficult night, suffering another loss and another injury.

The Clips were beaten 5-2 by the Victoria Grizzlies on Wednesday at Frank Crane Arena on a night when nothing was going right.

The Shipmen had an excellent scoring chance early in the game, but missed the net and instead it was the Grizzlies who went on to score the first goal of the game and build a 4-0 lead by the five-minute mark of the second period.

Early in the second frame, Clippers forward Vincent Millette sustained a serious facial injury as he went to get in front of a shot attempt and the puck rose sharply.

“Guys get banged up, guys get hurt playing hockey, but when there’s a scary injury, it does put a damper on things, for sure,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “Vinny’s going to be OK, so that’s good, but nobody wants to see something like that and it does take away from the game a little bit, I think, for both sides.”

The Clippers mustered some pushback in the third period with goals from Matt Kowalski and David Silye, but never really threatened. Vandekamp said it was the start of the game that was his team’s downfall. He didn’t feel like guys were ready.

“I honestly think that we still don’t believe in ourselves enough internally,” the coach said. “Our players need to do a better job of building confidence in themselves, believing in themselves and playing that way.”

Vandekamp said at this time of year, past the halfway point in the season, all players have to playing like veterans because junior hockey doesn’t wait around for players to develop slowly.

“You’ve got to be quick, because the points are important… and you don’t get to make excuses,” he said.

GAME ON … The Clippers play the Wenatchee Wild on Friday (Dec. 9) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. It’s Teddy Bear Toss night, so fans are asked to bring a new plush toy to the game and then throw the stuffies on the ice when the Clippers score their first goal of the game.

Just Posted

Stretch of Departure Bay Road to be closed until month’s end for road work

Slope stabilization taking place between Newton Street and Little John Way

Jazz saxophonist touring the West Coast with one of his heroes

Weeds to play the Lighthouse Bistro with New York pianist David Hazeltine on Aug. 20

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cassidy can’t support airport development

Environmental assessment needed on land overtop of aquifer, says letter writer

Sound mixer stolen from Nanaimo nightclub

Nanaimo RCMP ask for tips about theft of sound mixer from Koncept Nightclub

Memorial for drug overdose victims on display at St. Paul’s Church in Nanaimo

Flags of Hope Overdose Awareness Display at Chapel Street church until Aug. 29

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 15

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Most Read