No style points for Clippers in loss

The Nanaimo Clippers might have been the best dressed team on Sunday, but unfortunately they don't give out style points in the B.C. Hockey League. The Clippers' three-game win streak came to an end in a 4-3 loss to the Surrey Eagles in a matinee game at Frank Crane Arena, with the home team sporting its pink breast cancer awareness jerseys.

The Nanaimo Clippers might have been the best dressed team on Sunday, but unfortunately they don’t give out style points in the B.C. Hockey League.

The Clippers’ three-game win streak came to an end in a 4-3 loss to the Surrey Eagles in a matinee game at Frank Crane Arena, with the home team sporting its pink breast cancer awareness jerseys. Nanaimo was coming off a big win Friday, 7-4 against the Victoria Grizzlies, also at Frank Crane.

“We had good starts in both games,” said Colton Cyr, alternate captain. “Friday we got off to a good lead. We’re still learning to stay on the pressure when we get up by a couple.”

Nanaimo led 4-1 after 20 minutes, then let the Grizz get back in the game before closing it out in the third.

Seven different Clippers scored in the win, with Trevor Fitzgerald, Tanner Clarkson, Andrew Gladiuk, Brett Hartskamp, David Iacono, Jesse Neher and Kyle Kramer finding the twine. Billy Faust needed to make only 13 saves for the win.

On Sunday Cyr scored power-play goals in the first and second periods, but each time the Eagles tied it up. Surrey took control in the third period, clamping down and keeping Nanaimo from breaking out of its own zone. Kramer scored a late goal to draw his team within one, but time ran out on the Clips. Chris Eiserman suffered the loss in a 26-save effort.

“We had a couple opportunities on Sunday to take the lead and build with it but we just kept letting them back in and eventually they took the game in their hands,” Cyr said.

He said the Clippers (3-2-0-2) like to think they’re a top team like the Eagles (4-1-0-2).

“They didn’t really do anything special,” said Graeme McCormack, another alternate captain. “We basically gave them whatever they got … We got away from our goals a bit but it’s a learning experience.”

GAME ON … The Clippers play the Victoria Grizzlies on Wednesday (Oct. 12) at 7:15 p.m. at Bear Mountain Arena … Nanaimo’s next home game is Sunday against the Grizzlies at 3 p.m. at Frank Crane.

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