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Nanaimo Clippers sweep weekend series with Powell River Kings

Clippers improve to 6-0 against Kings this season with win on November 27
Powell River Kings’ goaltender Mattias Smith turns aside one of the 39 saves he made in a 7-4 loss to Nanaimo Clippers on Saturday, November 27.

Powell River Kings and Nanaimo Clippers have become familiar foes. Since the 2021/2022 BC Hockey League season started in October, the Coastal Division rivals have met six times, including a November 27 matchup at Hap Parker Arena.

After posting a 5-1 win at home the night before, Nanaimo travelled to Powell River for game two of the weekend set and posted a sixth straight win over the Kings, this time by a score of 7-4.

Kings played from behind from the 3:52 mark of the first period after the Clippers opened the scoring on an early power play, and faced a 2-0 deficit three minutes later when the visitors added another goal at even strength.

Parker Lalonde converted on a Kings’ power play at 14:23, cutting the lead to 2-1, but the Clippers regained a two-goal lead before intermission with another marker while the home team was shorthanded.

Power plays were prominent again in period two. Nanaimo jumped out to a 4-1 lead with the extra attacker at 4:21 before Casey Aman and Nic Porchetta responded with a pair of power play goals just 50 seconds apart to cut the lead to 4-3 after 40 minutes.

Clippers put the game away with a trio of goals in the third period, one at even strength, another on a power play and an insurance marker into an empty net with 1:15 remaining in the game. Aaron Neal rounded out the scoring for the Kings with three seconds left on the clock.

Maxim Potvin and Nathan Small had a pair of assists each for Powell River. Nolan Krogfoss and Jason Marsella had one helper each.

Nanaimo outshot the hosts 46-28. Attendance was 708.

Kings host Alberni Valley for a pair of games this weekend. Game time on Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4, is 7 pm.

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