Two games into the B.C. Hockey League exhibition season, and Nanaimo Clippers head coach and general manager Mike Vandekamp still does not have much of an idea of how his team is going to look when the puck drops on the regular season.
The Clippers fell 5-3 to the Cowichan Valley Capitals at Frank Crane Arena on Wednesday night to fall to 1-1-0 in the preseason - both games were against the Capitals.
The Clippers got goals from Anthony Sabitsky, Taylor Grabowski and Spencer Howson, while Connor Lacouvee made 14 saves.
Mason Malkowich, Sameul Curleigh, Brayden Gelsinger, Brandon Grillo and Myles Powell scored for Cowichan. Robin Gusse made 28 saves for the win.
Vandekamp, however, is not so concerned about the score. He is trying to figure out exactly what he has for players.
"Building of our team has been pushed back by about half a week, and I think a lot that has something to do with having very few returning players that we're familiar with and a whole lot of new that we've got to allow some time to learn about," he said.
The Clippers carried 32 players through Wednesday night, but Vandekamp said that moves were coming today, so expect that number to be trimmed.
He did caution not to expect a lot of players to get the axe, as they still have a lot of sorting out to do and are working off a small sample size, due to the mass turnover on their roster.
"We won't get an exhibition game in with our entire roster quite likely this year, but that's just the way it goes," said Vandekamp.
Nanaimo has two games left in their exhibition season, a home and home with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, playing in Nanaimo on Friday at 7 p.m. and in Port Alberni on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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