Mike Vandekamp is still trying to figure out exactly what happened in the third period in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Powell River Kings.
The Nanaimo Clippers (3-2-0-0) were up 4-2 early in the frame, but four straight Powell River goals sent the Clippers to their second straight B.C. Hockey League defeat.
Affiliated rookie Bo Brauer scored twice for Nanaimo as Colton Dahlen and Spencer Hewson scored singles. Jayson Argue made 39 saves in the loss.
Matt Scarth scores twice for the Kings (4-1-0-0) while Kurt Keats, Jarid Lukosevicus, Ryan Scarfo and Luke McCaw scored once each. Lukosevicus and Keats also had four assists each for five point nights. Jonah Imoo made 13 saves for the win.
Most perplexing for Vandekamp, the Clippers head coach and general manager was the last three goals, when came in rapid succession.
"We had a collapse," he said.
"They carried the momentum down the stretch on us and we just couldn't get through it.
It's not the first time I've seen it early in the season, we just couldn't close out the win."
Hewson scored at 3:31 of the third period to give the Clippers a seemingly secure two-goal cushion, but Powell River fought back.
Keats started the rally at 4:01 and McCaw tied the contest at 11:53. Scarfo gave the Kings their first lead since the first period at 17:34 and Lukosevicus added the
insurance at 18:46.
Outside of that seven-minute span, Vandekamp says his team played well, but this defeat will serve as an early season reminder that they must play the full 60-minutes.
"We've shown signs of really good hockey, we're just not getting through the whole game and having a lapse," said Vandekamp. "Last night was just a really strange turn of events, it just kind of happened really fast. I don't think we played really poorly, it just happened quick."
This goes for Argue as well.
It is tough lay blame at the feet of veteran goalie for the loss, especially considering the constant fire he was under, but it is clear he is going to need to be consistently better as well.
"He didn't finish very good, but he played well before that. He had a little of both in the game," said Vandekamp.
On a positive note, the Clippers continue to get solid secondary scoring. Brauer's two goals gave the Ednia, Minne., native four points in five games while Hewson got the first point of his BCHL career.
The Clippers have some time to reset and work out the bugs before their next game, they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (2-3-0-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. On Sunday, they host the Langley Rivermen (3-1-0-1) at 2 p.m.
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