Nanaimo’s minor hockey teams are about to up the intensity.
Playoffs continue this weekend with games around Vancouver Island.
One of the most noteworthy games is a rep peewee matchup Sunday (Feb. 19). The Nanaimo InsuranceCentre Clippers peewee Tier 2 team will face the Nanaimo Kasjac Clippers peewee Tier 3 team in semifinal action, with the winner advancing to a best-of-three Island final.
The Kasjac Clippers recently clinched their league title with an undefeated record.
The teams play at 1:45 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.
Other big playoff games will be contested out of town.
The Nanaimo Clippers midget T1 team starts the Island finals this Saturday (Feb. 18) with its best-of-three series against Cowichan getting underway with Game 1 in Duncan. Game 2 won’t be until Feb. 25 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. The midget Clippers reached the Island finals on the strength of a 4-3 victory over Campbell River on Sunday up Island.
The Nanaimo Clippers bantam T1 team is also starting its best-of-three Island final on the weekend, with Game 1 slated for Sunday (Feb. 19) at the Victoria Racquet Club. Game 2 will be Feb. 25 at the NIC. Nanaimo’s bantams made it to the finals after handling Comox 4-1 on Saturday on the road.
Another Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association rep team in the playoff hunt is the bantam B2 boys, who start their Island final against Comox on Feb. 25 at the NIC.