The Nanaimo Clippers cruised to a triumphant victory on Friday night at the Frank Crane Arena, knocking off the Rivermen 6-1. Rookie goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn got the start for the ‘Clips in favour of reigning BCHL player of the week Jayson Argue and the coaches hunch paid off. James Barr received his sixth straight start for the ‘Men at the other end.
The Clippers came flying out of the gates in the first period and in a span of a couple of minutes had a 8-1 shot advantage. They eventually opened up the scoring on a goal from Trevor Fitzgerald who stuffed home a loose rebound driving hard to the net. The Rivermen would find the equalizer less than four minutes later on a goal from Matt Ustaski. The whole play started with Derek Sutliffe stealing the puck from Nick Gushue at the Nanaimo blue line and then fed the puck to Jakob Reichert who spotted a wide open Ustaski who then buried his sixth goal of the year. There was no more scoring in the period as the Clippers out shot the ;Men 19-7.
That Ustaski marker would be it for Langley for not only the second period, but the rest of the game. The Clippers would score three straight goals from Chris Rygus, Greg Fraser and Kevin Miller in the second frame and took a 4-1 strange hold in the game. The home team would not stop there putting two more away in the third period and chased James Barr out of the game making way for affiliate goalie Matt Rud. The 16-year-old would come in and stop 11 of 12 in the last 17 minutes.
Coming into the game, Nanaimo had the last ranked power play in the BCHL, but did not look like it scoring three times on the man advantage. The Rivermen just could not find their game all night and were smothered by the Clippers strong defensive game throughout. Greg Fraser(1g,1a), Reid Sturos(2a), and Josh Bryan (1g,1a) were the three stars in the contest.
Next up is a match-up tomorrow night against last place Cowichan Valley. Langley is still only two points back of Coquitlam as they had the night off.