Road trip will test Clippers

Nanaimo’s B.C. Hockey League team tours the Lower Mainland Friday (Oct. 3) through Sunday, playing Surrey, Langley and Coquitlam.

The Nanaimo Clippers have been putting on an offensive show this season and they’ll take that show on the road this weekend.

The city’s B.C. Hockey League team tours the Lower Mainland Friday (Oct. 3) through Sunday, taking on the Surrey Eagles, Langley Rivermen and Coquitlam Express, respectively.

The Shipmen will pack some pep after two big home wins last weekend.

“It built a lot of confidence for the group,” said Corey Renwick, Clippers forward. “There’s a lot of new faces here and it brought the team closer, as well.”

The Clips think that what they did in last week’s wins will work moving forward.

“[We’ll] just keep doing our own thing,” said Cole Maier, Clippers forward. “Regardless of who we’re playing, as long as we’re getting pucks deep and … play more in their end rather than ours, things should work out for us.”

When the Clippers are in the attacking zone this year, they tend to score. Nanaimo is the league’s highest-scoring team through four games.

“It’s just been working, less fancy stuff, we’re just putting pucks to the net and then people are putting home rebounds, tipping in shots and it seems to be working for us so far,” Maier said.

The Clips see this coming weekend as an opportunity to score a lot of points in the standings.

“Why not get to the best start that we can here, and get as many points as possible?” asked Maier.

GAME ON … The Clippers take on the Surrey Eagles on Friday (Oct. 3) at 7:10 p.m., the Langley Rivermen on Saturday at 7 p.m. and then the Coquitlam Express on Sunday at 2 p.m. The next action at Frank Crane is Oct. 10, when the Cowichan Valley Capitals come to town.

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