By Tali Campbell
December 31, 2012, Richmond BC – The Nanaimo Clippers Midget AAA Tier 1 hockey team started off the Richmond International Midget Hockey Tournament with a win but then could not pull it off in the following three games giving them a 1-3-0 record. They did not make the elimination round of the tournament.
In the first game they were taking on the Mat-Su Alaska Eagles U16AAA and in the first period the Eagles took the lead at 11:33 with a goal by Luke Schruf but it did not last long as Nolan Richardson would tie the game up. In the second period it was a goaltenders show but at 15:54 Nanaimo’s Robert Cahill would begin a string of three unanswered goals, assisted by Liam Somerville and Charles Peace. The Clippers take that game 5-1
In the second game of the tournament the Clippers took on the Vancouver T-Birds. In the first period the T-Birds managed to get on the board first by Jake Oakley and within two minutes managed to get ahead with two by Stephen Xenos however the Clippers came firing back at 17:51 by Liam Somerville. In the second period, the Clippers tied it up at 2 by Keelan Larson and that was the only goal in the second. In the third it would be a back and forth game until the T-Birds managed to get two unanswered goals to win 5-3.
In the third game of the competition it was a goaltenders show versus the Richmond Blues. Only two goals were scored, first one in the second period at 1:50 by Arjun Sodhi assisted by Nicolas Deputter and Kieran Docherty and the second goal again by the Blues in the third period, empty net goal by Evan Thomas. Wheeler got the shutout but Beaudry-Young played outstanding.
And in the final game before the consolation round they took on the Arapahoe Warriors. The Clippers managed to get on the board first by Brent Giannakos but that was matched at 12:53 from the Warriors Ryan Close. The Clippers got the lead again by Rowan Siider but within 3 minutes the Warrios got two goals back to back. In the third period the Warriors got on the board only 25 seconds in and as the Clippers tried to come back; at 2:21 by Jared Fedsoff but wasn’t enough as the Warriors take that game 4-3.
But they completed the Richmond Tournament with a win as they beat the South Delta Storm A1 8-3, Keelan Larson, Robert Cahill, Jared Fedosoff, Brent Giannakos, Joel Heathcote, Adam Davison already managed to get a goal while Nolan Richardson netted two.
The Clippers Midget Tier 2 team fared even worse in Richmond, struggling through an 0-4-1 record. The Tournament started with a tie with the Vancouver Spirit and just went dowhill from there. The following night they lost to the Saanich Braves 3-1, then on Saturday losing to California Wave 5-2, followed by a loss to the Prince George Cougars 4-1 then ending the tournament with a 7-3 loss to the WSHC Jr Warriors.