Clippers Corner – Sept. 28

Clippers make a move

The Nanaimo Clippers have added Julien Menes from the Wenatchee Wild for future considerations on Sept. 18. He’s a 6’2″, 201 lb. power forward with good hands and a heavy shot. At St. Paul’s High School, he accumulated 55 points over three seasons, including 31 goals in 75 games in the USHS Prep League program.

Clippers lose two close games last week

As the Clippers look to add to their scoring depth, they hit the road to play the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Sept. 21. The first period saw Bulldogs forward Mitch Deelstra score the first of his two goals of the night at 15;44 of the first period, assisted by Dawson Tritt and Ryan Doolin. At 11:15 of the first period, Tim Washe got a two minute minor plus a 10-minute misconduct for a hit the head. The nature of the two minute minor penalty comes with a mandatory 10-minute misconduct in the BCHL. And at 12:19 of the 2nd period, the Bulldogs pulled ahead 2-0 on a power-play goal by Deelstra, his second goal of the game, this one assisted by Jimmy Rayhill.

The Clippers finally got on the board at 15:47 of the 3rd period as Travis Walton scored on the power play,  assisted by Robby Drazner and Trevor LeDonne. This was a hard-fought game between two rivals. The Clippers went 1-for-7 on the power play and just couldn’t take advantage of opportunities to tie the game up and lost 2-1 to Alberni Valley.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, the Penticton Vees came into town to take on the Clippers for their first of two meetings this season. It didn’t take long for the Vees to get on the board as just 44 seconds into the 1st period, Tristan Amonte scored the first goal of the game, assisted by David Silye and Connor Hutchison. The Clippers got a goal from their defence as Drazner scored at the 10:41 mark of the first period. The Clippers and Vees traded goals in the second period with Walton scoring for the Clippers and Danny Weight getting one for the Vees.

The teams remained tied until the 12:48 mark of the second period when the Clippers took the lead on a goal by Sean Donaldson and assisted by Ethan Scardina. The Vees scored two unanswered goals in third period, first it Carson Kosobud scoring at 12:32 and then Danny Weight scoring his second of the game at 17:17 and sealing the 4-3 win for the Vees.

Busy week ahead

So the Clippers lost two close – yet winnable – games last week. They look to get back in the win column this week as they play Powell River at home on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2:00 pm, before heading to the BCHL Showcase Festival. The face Surrey at 1 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 2 and then Victoria on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10 am. Both games are at the Chilliwack Colliseum.