North Island Silvertips player Will McNamara

Silvertips crush Ice to start year

The North Island Silvertips swept the Kootenay Ice on the first weekend of the regular season at the Nanaimo Ice Centre, winning Saturday, 3-1, and Sunday, 10-3.

The North Island Silvertips made an early season statement with a double-digit victory.

Nanaimo’s B.C. Major Midget League hockey team swept the Kootenay Ice on the first weekend of the regular season at the Nanaimo Ice Centre, winning Saturday 3-1 and then crushing the Ice in the rematch Sunday, 10-3.

“It was really good that we got the two wins,” said Will McNamara, alternate captain of the Silvertips. “The first game we were really physical, we didn’t get the puck in the net but we still came out with the win. This [second] game shows that we are a really good team.”

The two wins were the first behind the bench for new coach Dan Lemmon. He said he stressed communication in between games.

“That was the difference [Sunday],” he said. “Everyone knew where pucks were, where guys were coming from and it made our decisions easier.”

McNamara said the Silvertips also increased their net presence in Sunday’s contest, crashing the net and whacking at pucks in close. And the goals sure added up.

“It’s nice getting goals early and often,” Lemmon said. “It gives them confidence when they’re shooting and making plays.”

Jordan Levesque scored the first goal of the season for the Silvertips on Saturday and Garrett Dunlop and Chase Lang had Nanaimo’s other tallies. Riley Medves earned the win in net.

On Saturday, Dunlop, Lang and Hobin Zinck each had two-goal games and other scorers were David Osborne, Curtis McCarrick, Corey Renwick and McNamara. Michael Herringer got the ‘W’ in net.

Next action for the Silvertips is Saturday (Oct. 1) and Sunday against the Greater Vancouver Canadians in showcase games at the University of British Columbia’s Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre.

The coach said he will stress with his players not to get too high on themselves after their blowout win.

“We have leaders on this team, we have veterans on the team and I expect them to lead the way and make sure our work ethic’s hard and make sure we’re getting better every day at practice.”

Just Posted

Memorial for drug overdose victims on display at St. Paul’s Church in Nanaimo

Flags of Hope Overdose Awareness Display at Chapel Street church until Aug. 29

QB McGarvey steers V.I. Raiders to first win of 2019 season

Raiders blow out Kamloops Broncos in home opener in Nanaimo

Traffic back to normal after accident at Island Highway-Brechin Road in Nanaimo

Accident involved truck and taxi at turn lane leading to Departure Bay ferry terminal

United Way’s denim drive launches at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

United by Denim campaign runs from Aug. 17 until Sept. 2

Yacht designer will share dramatic stories from America’s Cup racing

Steve Killing to speak at Nanaimo Yacht Club on Aug. 24 for choir fundraiser

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 15

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Most Read