Nanaimo Clippers Lose to Alberni Bulldogs in Playoff Series
Nanaimo Clippers lost 1/5 to Alberni Bulldogs hockey team on Saturday night in the fourth game of a seven part series to determine who goes on to the next tier. The Coastal Division rivals played a hard hitting game that was close until the final minutes of the contest. The Nanaimo Clippers Junior "A" hockey team was playing their fourth game in five nights.
The Frank Crane Arena was crowded with nearly 2 000 fans, many having travelled from Alberni to support their team. Nanaimo fans turned out in numbers to support theirs. Chants and noisemakers were the norm for the night.
Nanaimo Clippers scored early in the first period. The Alberni Bulldogs got one past the Nanaimo goaltender before the first intermission. They extended their lead 3/1 until the dying minutes of the game when the Nanaimo Clippers incurred a series of penalties and played two shorthanded for much of the last five minutes. It was at that time that Alberni Bulldogs pumped two more pucks into the Nanaimo net. Both goal tenders shone as the shots on goal ended even at 27 each.
Congratulations should be extended to both the Junior "A" hockey teams for their maintaining composure in the face of inconsistent reffing. At times the official in charge called every small violation and missed boarding incidents. These young men range in age from 15 to 20 and showed a maturity beyond their years in an important playoff game.
Next Playoff Game in the Coastal Division
Nanaimo Clippers play Alberni Bulldogs in Alberni Monday March 15
Nanaimo Clippers play at home against the Alberni Bulldogs in the Frank Crane Tuesday March 16