Clippers win barnburner, lose rematch

Nanaimo's BCHL team was able to split its weekend set at Powell River, defeating the Kings 7-5 on Friday before losing 5-2 on Saturday.

The Nanaimo Clippers showed they could win a shootout-style game, but then they got outgunned the next night.

The city’s B.C. Hockey League team was able to split its weekend set at Powell River, defeating the Kings 7-5 on Friday before losing Saturday’s rematch 5-2.

As the score would suggest, Friday’s game was a wild one as the Clippers kept extending their lead to two goals and the Kings kept cutting the margin to one.

Greg Fraser led Nanaimo with a huge two-goal, three-assist performance and his linemate Kyle Kramer counted a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, assist and a fight, plus two more assists. Michael McNicholas – the other member of that line – also scored, as did Reid Sturos, Brendan Taylor and former Kings player Brenden Forbes. Jayson Argue was the winning goale, making 36 saves as his team was outshot 41-25.

The next night Powell River blitzed Nanaimo in the first period, firing 20 shots on goal and scoring twice. The Kings extended the margin to 5-0 in the third before Kramer and Forbes scored. Goalie Jarrod Schamerhorn was pulled in the loss as Nanaimo got outshot 39-27.

GAME ON … The Clippers visit the Victoria Grizzlies on Friday (Nov. 30), then host the Kings on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.