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.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City of Nanaimo reports on its salaries, expenses and payments

Municipality files statement of financial information with B.C. government

City of Nanaimo challenges families to Instagram their park explorations

ParkIt challenge set up to offer prizes to cap off days at the park

Nanaimo RCMP want speeding motorists to ‘slow the blazes down’

Police raise alarm after seeing 400-per cent rise in excessive speeding tickets last month

Top central Vancouver Island health official retires

Island Health says Dr. Paul Hasselback’s replacement to be named shortly

17-year-old girl from Nanaimo reported missing

RCMP asking for help finding Trisha Harry

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

B.C. ports part of data integration project to protect marine ecosystems

The $1.2 M federally funded program will draw crucial baseline data from Canada’s three coastlines

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

World’s biggest Nanaimo bar confirmed, but it’s not in Nanaimo

Two Ontario children set the bar high with successful biggest Nanaimo bar world record attempt

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Most Read