Nanaimo Clippers goalie Jonathan Reinhart and forward Chris Dodero keep the puck out of the net while defenceman Will Reilly hauls Alberni Valley Bulldogs opponent Liam Conrad to the ice during Wednesday's game at Frank Crane Arena.

Clippers’ power play overpowers Bulldogs

The Nanaimo Clippers were potent on special teams and it resulted in a 7-4 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The Nanaimo Clippers were potent on special teams and it resulted in a big win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The Clips scored on all four of their power-play opportunities to allow them to come back and win 7-4 at Frank Crane Arena on Wednesday night.

Alberni scored the game’s first two goals, but the visitors’ lead didn’t last long. Nanaimo answered back with three goals to take the lead after 20 minutes.

“I thought we showed a lot of resiliency to claw our way back,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “I think it was important that we did that before the first intermission.”

Nanaimo’s top line had another huge game as Matthew Hoover and Sheldon Rempal scored two goals each and Devin Brosseau had one. Corey Renwick scored his team’s first goal midway through the first period and Chris Dodero closed things out with an empty-netter with less than a second to go in the third. Jonathan Reinhart was the winning goalie as shots were 35-33 in favour of the visitors.

Vandekamp relied on his first line in the game.

“I still feel like we need to get more players going,” said the coach. “That’s the shortest bench we’ve used this year with regards to minutes played.”

Hoover said the win reinforces to the team that it can score the goals it needs to come back in games. Beating Alberni is the right way to start a homestand, he said.

“This is huge to get a win on Wednesday here and try and get rolling into the weekend,” said Hoover. “If we get a few wins here and boost our record up a little bit, the boys will get some confidence and we’ll keep rolling.”

GAME ON … The Clippers play the Coquitlam Express on Friday (Oct. 2) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena and then host the Vernon Vipers on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Frank Crane.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

QUINN’S QUIPS: A poignant farewell to Pot Luck Ceramics

As of Sept. 30 Pot Luck is closing its doors, a victim of COVID-19.

ARTS AROUND: Art exhibit showcases the new and retrospective

Celtic Chaos fundraising performance has been cancelled

LOOK BACK: The men who built the first Stamp Falls fish ladder

Delve into Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum online

B.C. salmon farms challenge activists’ demands for site closures

News reporting also unfair, inaccurate and distorted

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

B.C. VOTES 2020: Wilkinson to stop 24-hour camping in city parks

Ban on ‘unsafe roadside panhandling’ to be enforced

Lessons from a pandemic: How to design a nursing home that’s safe and love-filled

A look at how one care home is battling the pandemic with the social needs of the elderly in their care

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. salmon farm opponents demand answers from DFO

First Nations, conservation groups dismayed by omission of sea lice in risk assessments

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

First Nations Health Authority chief medical officer concerned with rising COVID-19 cases

“There’s still so much we don’t know and we’re learning everyday about this particular virus.”

Most Read