Clipper’s win their 4th in a row
The Nanaimo Clippers lost against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Penticton Vees, and then beat Powell River at home. It’s like the light just went on after the Vees loss and the Clippers have now won four in a row. Nanaimo beat Powell River twice, bookending two wins at the BCHL Showcase Festival in Chilliwack against Surrey and Victoria. The Clippers outscored Powell River 6-0 in two games.
Jordan Naylor must love playing the Powell River Kings. He has two shutouts against them this year. Naylor picked up the number one star in the first of his two shutouts on Sept. 29 as the Clippers won that game 3-0. The veteran has a .966 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average in four games played this season.
Ethan Scardina, the 6″1″ 185 lb. captain of the Clippers is already having a monster year with seven goals and seven assists in nine games. In the game against Surrey, he had two goals and two assists, taking home the first star of the game. Against Victoria, in the second game of the showcase, he scored two more goals and another assist. And again Oct. 5 as the Clippers beat the Powell River Kings 3-0, Scardina had two more goals, one of them scored on the power play. In the last three games, he has put up insane numbers with six goals and three assists.
Clippers make yet another move.
The Clippers have also acquired forward Steven Agriogianis from the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. He’s a 19-year-old born player from Florham Park, New Jersey. At the age of 16, he played for the U17 US National Team and also had 50 points in 147 games in the USHL. For the 2020-21 season, the speedy forward is committed to attend Penn State. The Clippers are very high on Agriogianis and feel he immediately improves their top six. He scoring his first goal in the BCHL at the 15:24 mark of the second period on the power play in the 3-0 shutout over Powell River on Oct. 5. It will be fun to see his progression for the Clippers this year as they indeed are loading up to take a run at a championship.
In other news…
The Clippers are sporting their pink jerseys for all of October in the fight against breast cancer. “Breast cancer has emotionally touched almost everyone in some way,” commented Clippers GM and Head Coach Darren Naylor. “As a club, we are honoured to be able to show our support and help raise awareness.”
According to the team’s Director of Business Operations Tali Campbell, they will have someone who has battled or is battling breast cancer drop the puck in a ceremonial face-off for each home game this month.
Also, the Clippers had two birthdays last week. Happy Birthday to goalie Zachary Bennett and forward Cade Cavallini who are both 2000-born players. Stay tuned for another Clippers’ Corner next week as they hit the road for six games. Nanaimo’s next home game is October 25 for another chapter in the Island Division rivalry against the Victoria Grizzlies.