Tristan Fraser of the Nanaimo Clippers collides with Michael Hoekstra of the Victoria Grizzlies along the boards during Saturday’s game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. Fraser scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win. (Elena Rardon/Black Press)

Tristan Fraser of the Nanaimo Clippers collides with Michael Hoekstra of the Victoria Grizzlies along the boards during Saturday’s game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. Fraser scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win. (Elena Rardon/Black Press)

Nanaimo Clippers win in their return to the ice

Clippers edge Victoria Grizzlies 4-3 Saturday in BCHL action in Port Alberni

The Nanaimo Clippers’ long-awaited season opener ended with a winning result.

The Clippers edged the Victoria Grizzlies 4-3 on Saturday afternoon in Port Alberni as the BCHL’s 2021 regular season got underway this weekend.

Nanaimo was led by goaltender Jordan Naylor, who put forth a 42-save effort and stopped all 17 shots he faced in the third period to allow his team to come back and win. The Clippers had trailed 3-2 after two periods, but Thomas Maia and Tristan Fraser scored back-to-back goals in a 12-second span early in the third.

Keighan Gerrie and Luke Lavery were Nanaimo’s other scorers and Michael Palandra had two assists.

Shots were 45-29 for Victoria.

GAME ON … The Clippers play the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Sunday, April 4, at 5 p.m. at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

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