Clippers stand up to Bulldogs

Nanaimo Clippers goalie Charles-Andre Pelletier stymies the Alberni Valley Bulldogs during Wednesday's B.C. Hockey League game at Frank Crane Arena. The Clippers won 4-3.

The Nanaimo Clippers didn’t let themselves get pushed around, and ended up winning the game.

The city’s B.C. Hockey League team defeated the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday night at Frank Crane Arena by a 4-3 score.

The Shipmen again made hay on the power play – Nanaimo was 3-for-7 with the man advantage.

Nanaimo’s Colton Cyr scored the game’s first goal on a power play midway through the first period.

Alberni’s Tyler Berkholtz tied it early in the second but Ryan Stanimir pounced on a rebound to restore the Clippers’ lead midway through the frame, then Graeme McCormack’s power-play point shot gave the home team a two-goal lead heading into the second intermission.

Berkholtz scored again 35 seconds into the third period but Nanaimo made it a two-goal game again midway through the third on another PP point shot, this time from Victor Newell. The Bulldogs took over the play from there, but Nanaimo goalie Charles-Andre Pelletier was stellar, allowing only a deflected goal by Kenney Morrison late in the period.

“[Pelletier] really held us in there,” said Brodie Jamieson, who had two assists for the Clippers. “He stood on his head when they had the pressure.”

Berkholtz said Alberni’s no-quit attitude was evident as usual, but he lamented his team’s undisciplined play in the second period.

“All those penalties kind of gave Nanaimo a lot of momentum which took away from us,” he said. “Once we got back to hitting the momentum started to change.”

But the Clippers didn’t let the Bulldogs be bullies, and hit back, which proved important.

“You’ve got to push back if they start playing the body,” said Zach Martin, Clippers forward. “Once you do that it’s a lot easier to play – a lot more ice out there and a lot easier to get the puck to the net.”

GAME ON … Pelletier was named the game’s first star as his team was outshot 36-25. Berkholtz was second star, Jamieson was third star and Kyle Kramer and Andrew Gladiuk had two assists apiece for the Clippers. Alberni’s Casey Bailey also had a two-assist night … Nanaimo’s next game is Friday (Dec. 3) when the Coquitlam Express visit Frank Crane Arena for a 7:10 p.m. start … Alberni plays tonight (Dec. 2) against the Langley Chiefs at 7 p.m. at Weyerhaeuser Arena.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Battle of the Bands winner set to perform at Char’s Landing

Sean Lyons is a singer-songwriter originally from Port Alberni

Port Alberni sends large contingent of athletes to Special Olympics Winter Games

Veteran curler Simone Myers dreams of gold in her seventh provincials

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

West coast group campaigns for seal, sea lion harvest

‘Salmon are going the way of the buffalo unless we do something’

Mermen calendar targets ‘toxic masculinity,’ raises big money for charities

Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club gave a cheque for more than $202,000 to Violence Prevention NL

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read