This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member Barbara McPherson who was on the scene.
BCHL Nanaimo Clippers Lose in Overtime
Saturday night saw the BCHL Nanaimo Clippers lose to the Langley Chiefs in overtime. The Clippers drew first blood with a goal early in the first period. This was answered by the Langley Chiefs. Second period both teams were held scoreless. The Shipmen scored the go ahead goal in the third period. This was answered in the dying seconds by the Langley Chiefs after pulling their goalie.
Overtime saw the Nanaimo Clippers playing a man short, a carry over from the regular time penalty. The Chiefs put one away to win in sudden death overtime. Final score: Langley 3, Nanaimo 2
Referee decisions play a big part in how the hockey game is played. These young men ranging in age from 16 to 20 years play a determined style of hockey, knowing that often scouts are in the stands. When a referee fails to call penalties or calls phantom penalties it can affect the outcome of a game and also see the hockey players settling scores on the ice. Some referees are more popular with the fans than others. When Saturday's referee was announced, there were loud boos from the fans. The referee did not endear himself to the Nanaimo fans when he called a major penalty to a Nanaimo player late in the game. The fans saw a different incident than he did. The penalty meant that going into overtime, the Clippers played short and lost the game.
Saturday's was the last home game of the year for the Clippers. They embark on a road trip in the BC interior this week. Clippers return to the Frank Crane Arena in 2010 in a contest with the Victoria Grizzlies on January 2.