Clippers will be ready for Capitals

The Nanaimo Clippers play against the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Wednesday (Nov. 23) in Duncan.

Nanaimo Clippers forward Tristan Lowenberger

Nanaimo Clippers forward Tristan Lowenberger

The Nanaimo Clippers just weren’t ready for faceoff in their last game. They say that won’t be the case in their game tomorrow night.

The Clips play against the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Wednesday (Nov. 23) in Duncan.

Trevor Fitzgerald, Clippers captain, said his team didn’t play a full 60 minutes in a 5-3 loss Sunday to the Coquitlam Express, getting into a hole. It’s an easy fix, he said.

“It’s just the mental preparation,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve got to be more focused getting to the rink and get off to a better start.”

It helps that Wednesday’s matchup is against the rival Capitals, who are neck-and-neck with the Clips in the B.C. Hockey League’s Coastal Conference standings. The two teams met on Friday at Frank Crane Arena in what ended up as an exciting game that the Clips won in overtime, 2-1.

“Not only is it a rivalry, it’s another two points that we need. It’s so tight right now,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve got to get up for these games, it’s a playoff mentality already.”

GAME ON … The Clippers and Capitals play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Duncan’s Island Savings Centre. Next home action for the Shipmen is Friday (Nov. 25) against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, a 7 p.m. start at Frank Crane Arena. Tickets for that game will be $5 for all seats, all ages as part of the BCHL’s 50th anniversary celebrations. For more on that game, please pick up the next issue of the News Bulletin.

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