Clippers Drop First Game To the Vees

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(ISN) – The Penticton Vees allowed the first goal of the game and then nothing else the rest of the way in a 4-1 win on home ice over the Nanaimo Clippers in the opener of the BCHL Round-Robin semifinals.

Cole Maier made it 1-0 Clips 8:07 into the opening frame but it would be the only puck to get past Vees netminder Hunter Miska, who wound up with 27 saves. In the second period, Dante Fabbro tied it early on and Riley Alferd scored late during a stretch of 4-on-4 hockey, providing all the scoring the Vees would need.

Patrick Newell got an insurance tally early in the final frame and shortly after that, star Clippers forward Jake Jackson was assessed the second goalie-interference penalty of the game taken by Nanaimo and he was shown the exit, as per Junior A guidelines.

On the ensuing power play, Dakota Conroy got what might prove to be the most important Vees marker of the night. A power-play goal, which has been hard to come by for the Vees of late, made for the three-goal cushion they would finish with. Penticton entered Round 3 operating at just 9 per cent on the man advantage.

The next game of the Round-Robin is Friday in Nanaimo when the Clippers will host the #3 seed Chilliwack Chiefs in a 7 p.m. start.