Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Mike Kennedy checks Alberni Valley Bulldogs opponent Matthew Grouchy in front of Clippers goalie Jordan Naylor during Saturday’s BCHL playoff game at Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Bulldogs drop matching 6-3 games to start BCHL playoffs

Alberni Valley Bulldogs to host Game 3 and Game 4 against Nanaimo Clippers

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs were doubled up by the opposition for a second-straight night to fall behind two games to none in their first-round playoff series.

The Nanaimo Clippers defeated the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 6-3 on Saturday night at Frank Crane Arena in Game 2, one night after an identical 6-3 result at Frank Crane in Game 1.

“It was a good game,” said Darren Naylor, Clippers coach. “They worked hard, they buried some chances on us, there were a couple lucky goals.”

The Bulldogs led the game by scores of 2-1 and 3-2, but the Clippers possessed the puck most of the second half of the game.

“I think we were pretty resilient,” said Devon Mussio, Clippers defenceman. “There was times when we went down, but we ended up coming back and it shows our character in our room right now.”

For Alberni Valley, Olivier Fizet, Ryan Doolin and Matthew Grouchy scored and Jackson Glassford made 38 stops.

For Nanaimo, Mussio and Josh Kagan had two goals each, Josh Bourne had a goal and four assists and Trevor LeDonne was the other scorer. Jordan Naylor made 30 saves for the win.

The Clippers coach said winning the first two games of the series is “a start.”

“You’ve got to win your home games, and it doesn’t become a series till you win one on the road, so we’ve got to go in there and we want to win that first one,” Darren Naylor said.

READ ALSO: Bulldogs set to face Clippers in Round 1 of BCHL playoffs

In Game 1, Jacob Bosse scored twice for Alberni, Isaac Pascoal also tallied and Mattias Dal Monte had two assists. Glassford made 23 saves. For Nanaimo, Ethan Scardina and Bourne each had two goals and an assist and Steven Agriogianis and Tim Washe were other scorers. Jordan Naylor made 25 saves for the win.

GAME ON … The Bulldogs and Clippers play the next two games of the series at Port Alberni’s Weyerhaeuser Arena on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m., and Thursday, March 5, also at 7 p.m. Game 5, if necessary, will be back at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

READ ALSO: Nanaimo Clippers goalie chosen his team’s MVP

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