Clips seek happy trails on road trip

The Nanaimo Clippers have a busy stretch of bus rides and hockey games this weekend.

The league’s hottest team will take its show on the road this week.

The Nanaimo Clippers have a busy stretch of bus rides and hockey games as they visit the Trail Smoke Eaters on Friday (Jan. 16), then play the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and the Merritt Centennials the next two days.

“It comes at a good time for us, getting out on the road after the deadline like this,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “It’s going to be a challenge, for sure; there’s a little bit of miles to put in in between every game.”

Road trips are fun for the group, he said, but this week is about more than fun and games for the first-place Clippers. They divide the season into segments and demand, from themselves, winning results.

“We better be sharp,” Vandekamp said. “Our goals don’t change just because we have miles to drive in between.”

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