Fans are always a part of goal celebrations, just by being there and making noise. But this weekend, fan participation will be extra important when the Nanaimo Clippers score.
The BCHL team holds its annual Teddy Bear Toss this Saturday, Dec. 7, during a home game against the Surrey Eagles at Frank Crane Arena.
Fans are asked to bring a new plush toy to the game and whenever the Clippers score their first goal of the game, the team hopes fans will throw the stuffed animals onto the ice. All the toys will be collected and donated to the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive.
The Nanaimo Clippers are coming off a road trip last weekend where they won two out of three games and were just seconds away from even better results.
The junior A squad won two out of three B.C. Hockey League games this past weekend, blowing out the Wenatchee Wild 7-1 on Friday in Washington state, edging the West Kelowna Warriors 4-3 in overtime Saturday in the Okanagan and then falling 4-3 to the Coquitlam Express on Sunday on the Lower Mainland.
In the blowout in the U.S., Josh Bourne scored two goals and Jordan Naylor made 37 saves. The next day’s win saw Naylor make 24 saves for the victory and Ethan Scardina scored the OT winner. The close loss came after the Express scored a power-play goal with one second left in the third period.
GAME ON … The Clippers host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday, Dec. 6, at Frank Crane Arena and then the Surrey Eagles on Saturday at Frank Crane. Both games start at 7 p.m.