Clips need to conserve energy

The Nanaimo Clippers will be able to test their mettle this month. Thirteen games in November means the B.C. Hockey League team will be playing almost every other days.

This week the Clippers have already played three games and still have two to go, Friday (Nov. 5) against the Victoria Grizzlies and Saturday against the Powell River Kings.

“More than anything we just have to get used to it,” said Colton Cyr, team captain. “Everyone’s just got to accept the fact that that’s how it’s going to be and not complain.”

The timing, perhaps, isn’t ideal for a Clippers lineup that continues to be ravaged by injuries.

“It is hard,” said Todd Gebert, veteran defenceman. “We’ve been down a few guys for a few weeks now and it’s starting to take its toll.”

So the Clippers may have do develop a few strategies to cope. Gebert said a game plan that isn’t as aggressive helps, and he said the forwards can make a difference by coming back to help out the depleted defence corps.

Cyr agreed that the team may need to change the way it plays.

“At times, you’ve got to take shorter shifts and be very conservative because by the third period you can’t be too too tired,” he said.

Proper food, lots of rest, water and Gatorade help, players said. And playing at Frank Crane Arena could provide a boost, too.

“Being at home always helps with the energy level,” said Cyr.

GAME ON … The Nanaimo Clippers play the Victoria Grizzlies Friday (Nov. 5) at 7:10 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena, then host the Powell River Kings on Saturday, also a 7:10 p.m. start at Frank Crane. Fans are asked to wear red to Saturday’s contest to honour veterans and current members of the military … Fans at Clippers games this month may also notice a few of the players growing moustaches in honour of the Movember prostate cancer awareness campaign. Gebert is among the early front-runners. “We’ll see what it’s looking like at the end of the month,” he said. “Hopefully I can take the title.”

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