The Nanaimo Clippers (5-7-0-0) are suddenly having trouble stringing together solid games.
They lost 5-3 to the Victoria Grizzlies (7-5-1-0) at Frank Crane Arena on Wednesday in B.C. Hockey League action.
The loss follows a particularly strong game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday, who they shut out 3-0. Victoria was led by former Clippers Myles Fitzgerald, who scored twice, and brother Gerry Fitzgerald, who had one goal and one assist. Dante Hahn and Storm Wahlrab also added singles for the Grizzlies and goalie Alec Dillon made 40 saves.
Korey Morgan, Devin Brosseau and Nanaimo product Brendan Taylor replied for the Clippers. Jayson Argue allowed five goals on 27 shots.
The Grizzlies did most of their damage in the first period as Myles Fitzgerald scored twice, once on the power play, And Wahlrab potted the other at 3:23 of the frame. Victoria stretched it to 4-0 0:28 into the second period on Gerry Fitzgerald's goal to bury the Clippers.
The home team did its best to rally in the third, scoring three times in the final 10 minutes while out shooting Victoria 20-8, but the hole was too deep to dig all of the way out.
Up next for the Clippers is a trip to Port Alberni to play the Bulldogs (1-10-2-1) on Friday at 7 p.m.
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