The Nanaimo Clippers hope a new name on the roster will continue to impress when they face the Salmon Arm SilverBacks tonight.
The Clippers (3-2-0-0) play host to the SilverBacks (2-3-0-1) in B.C. Hockey League action at Frank Crane Arena.
Nanaimo will be coming off a 6-4 loss to the Powell River Kings on Saturday. In that match, rookie import forward Bo Brauer notched two early goals to push the Clippers into the second period at an even 2-2. Under BCHL rules, the Clippers can play Brauer for 10 games before they will have to make a decision about the six-foot-three, 209-lb native of Edina, Minn.
With two goals and two assists through five games with the team under his belt, Brauer appears out well of the gate towards earning a spot on the team.
"With so many new faces on the team this year, we wanted to keep a few extras and not rush into decisions," said head coach Mike Vandekamp.
"(Brauer has) a lot of potential. He's a big guy who can skate, has lots of offensive upside. He's just right now learning how to play."
Brauer was passed up by the BCHL's Penticton Vees, who found themselves over the limit for import players.
The Clippers were happy to give the gritty forward a shot on the team.
The Clippers have 22 names on their roster, in addition to two players brought in as affiliates.
Brauer's size and presence in front of opposing nets has earned him time on the team's powerplay.
"He's one of our forwards and like the rest of them, I expect him to be a factor every night," said Vandekamp.
Salmon Arm dropped its last two games, both against West Kelowna last weekend.
The puck drops at 7 p.m.
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