The Nanaimo Clippers are on the cusp of competing for a championship.
The Clippers defeated the Langley Rivermen 5-4 in overtime in Game 3 of the B.C. Hockey League’s Coastal Conference finals on Tuesday, May 3, and lead the best-of-seven series three games to none.
Sean Donaldson led the Clippers with two goals including the OT winner about halfway through the first overtime period at Langley’s George Preston Arena.
Charles Tardif, Kai Daniells and Brody Waters also scored, Jack O’Brien had three assists and Tristan Fraser had two helpers. Goaltender Cooper Black’s shutout streak finally ended after more than 240 minutes, but he still ended up with the win, making 43 saves as his team was outshot 47-42.
The winner of the series will advance to play the winner of the Interior Conference finals in a best-of-seven series for the Fred Page Cup championship. The Penticton Vees lead the West Kelowna Warriors three games to none in the Interior finals.
GAME ON … The Clippers and Rivermen play Game 4 tonight, May 4, in the Fraser Valley.