The Nanaimo Clippers have all of a sudden won three of four games, following a two-win weekend.
They beat the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 7-5 in Port Alberni, then shut out the Vernon Vipers 3-0 at Frank Crane Arena on Saturday.
The two wins have got them back to .500 on the B.C. Hockey League season at 7-7-0-0. Sheldon Remple was their catalyst on Friday, scoring two goals and two assists, as Austin Dick, Edwin Hookenson, Taylor Grabowski, Brendan Taylor and Devin Brosseau scored singles. Liam McLeod got the start in net, but was pulled after allowing three goals on five shots in the first 12:23. Jayson Argue came in and made 25 saves on 27 shots to pick up the victory over the last place Bulldogs.
Jakson Elynuik, Darian Henry, Tryg Strand and Brett Stewart replied for the Bulldogs. Tyger Howat took the loss in net, surrendering seven goals on 39 shots, he was replaced by Connor LaCouvee, who stopped all five shots he faced over the final 8:39.
On Saturday, Argue stopped all 25 shots he faced, and the Clippers scored three times in the third period - Bo Brauer at 3:03, Eric Margo at 3:12, and Taylor into and empty net at 19:38 - to secure the win.
Danny Todosychuk made 27 saves for the Vipers.
The weekend capped a big couple of days for Taylor, a Nanaimo native, as he was named to the Canada West selection camp for the World Jr. A Championship.
Taylor has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 14 games in his third season with the Clippers.
Nanaimo trainer Rhett White, meanwhile, was named equipment manager for Canada West. The camp is scheduled for Oct. 26-30 in Calgary and the tournament goes Nov. 4-10 in Yarmouth, N.S. The Clippers have a busy week, they are in Port Alberni on Wednesday at 2 p.m., then head to Bear Mountain to play the Victoria Grizzlies on Friday at 7:15 p.m. and finish it off by hosting the Trail Smoke Eaters on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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