The Clippers started November off on a road trip. Their first game in Vernon had to be decided in overtime and it was a 4-3 loss for Nanaimo. The following night on November 3rd the Clippers went into overtime again. This time the game went in their favour with the Clippers winning 2-1 against Salmon Arm. Continuing on their road trip, they managed to beat West Kelowna 2-0.
Back at home the Clippers were in action on November 9th (which was a clothing drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island). They came out with a 2-1 overtime win by Colton Dahlen. On the following night, the Clippers headed to Island Savings Centre to take on the Caps and they won again 2-1 — their 4th win in a row.
On a rare Wednesday night, the Clippers headed to Alberni Valley to take on the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs came out with a fight and won 4-2. But the Clippers bounced back on November 16th beating the Langley Rivermen 6-1.
The following night at Frank Crane it was a battle for 1st place in the Island Division and the Clippers came out strong with 2 quick goals but then got into some penalty trouble and Victoria owned the game. Victoria won 5-2 and stays in first place.
Clippers then took a trip to Powell River for a two game miniseries, splitting the series one a piece. First night, Clippers and Kings came out strong but the Clippers managed to get on top 7-5. On the following night, the Kings were looking for some revenge and they got it, beating the Clippers 5-2.
In the last game of November it was a battle for first place in the Island Division and the Clippers were not on their game at all…the Clippers suffered a tough loss 6-1 at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria.
Behind the Scenes
In non-game news the Clippers made a trade with arch-rivals the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Clippers traded the rights of Luke Gordon and Jesse Neher for Caps top scorer Matthew Grant. Also, Colton Dahlen was injured and did not play in Kings miniseries but returned to the game in Victoria. Coach Mike Vandekamp says we could possibly be seeing the return of David Iacono shortly after Christmas. Spencer Turcotee, an AP for the Clippers has returned to his home town to play hockey and in ownership news the Clippers add a new part-owner when local business and sports team owner Hadi Abassi, joined the list of owners. Hadi also owns the Nanaimo Junior and Senior A Timbermen and the Vancouver Island Raiders.
The Clippers sat in second place in the standings as of November 30th.
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Upcoming Home Games
- Sunday December 9th, 3pm at Frank Crane Arena against Surrey
- Saturday January 5th, 7pm at Frank Crane Arena against Powell River
– By Tali