Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Cole Demers watches the play as his teammate Isaac Tonkin-Palmer checks Nanaimo Clippers forward Marcus Mitchell during Wednesday’s BCHL game at Frank Crane Arena. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Clippers win and will keep focused till the break

Nanaimo Clippers defeated Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday

The Christmas break is around the corner, but the Nanaimo Clippers will get there one shift at a time.

The Clippers felt they played a complete game Wednesday at Frank Crane Arena in a 3-1 win against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, the third-to-last game before a two-week break in the B.C. Hockey League schedule.

Nanaimo led 2-1 after one period, then maintained that margin until an insurance goal midway through the third.

“It was a great game top to bottom,” said Marcus Mitchell, Clippers captain. “We had our depth come through, which was huge. I think we had some great goaltending, our defence played solid and we put the puck in the net and it was just overall a great performance by us.”

He said going into the third with a one-goal lead, the Clippers tried to add to that while at the same time playing defensive hockey.

Thomas Samuelsen, Mitchell and Sammy Steele scored for Nanaimo and Jordan Naylor stopped 30 of 31 shots.

It was the second-straight win for the Clippers after they ended a long road trip last weekend with a win. Ken McPhalen, Clippers assistant coach, said a midweek game was a quick turnaround after the road trip, but his team was ready.

“To step into a game like this with such a close rival, we weren’t quite sure what the pace was going to look like, but the boys found it, we scored when we needed to and the rest was history,” McPhalen said.

Nanaimo has a home game Friday, Dec. 14, against the Victoria Grizzlies, then ends the pre-Christmas schedule Sunday on the road against the Bulldogs. While the holidays await, the Clippers won’t get ahead of themselves, McPhalen said.

“I think we’re pretty focused now,” he said. “We’re on a run of success and to have that is pretty important as we move forward, so I don’t see any letting off the gas here.”

Mitchell concurred.

“We’re here to play hockey,” the captain said. “We’re a hard-working team and we’re putting our nose to the grind and we’re not going to quit until after the final buzzer on Sunday.”

GAME ON … The Clippers and Grizzlies play Friday at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. For ticket information, visit www.nanaimoclippers.com.



sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Nanaimo non-profits ask for volunteer receptionists

Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre and Volunteer Nanaimo have opportunities available

Gabriola Island artist recounts creative journey, struggles in new memoir

Tammy Hudgeon presents ‘Tender Brave Spirit: An Expressive Life Almost Missed’

City of Nanaimo takes inventory of its land for official community plan review

Report recommends high-density residential development, identifies shortage of industrial land

Neighbours corral suspected impaired driver after crash in south Nanaimo

Car went off road, hit pickup truck and retaining wall before striking house on weekend

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district considers COVID-19 lessons in planning for fall

Elementary, secondary school committees formed to plan for next school year

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

UPDATE: Vancouver Island skydiving community mourns loss of one of its own

James Smith, 34, of Victoria, dies in Nanoose Bay incident

Elizabeth May endorses Furstenau in BC Greens race

Former federal party leader backs Cowichan Valley MLA

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

Most Read