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CLIPPERS WIN FOURTH IN A ROW, DOWN BULLDOGS 8-3

The Clippers winning streak is now at four games after an 8-3 triumph over Alberni Valley on Friday.

Tristan Crozier led the way with a goal and three assists, and Brandon Marinelli provided two goals and one assist in a game that the Clippers blew open in the third period.

The Bulldogs led 3-2 in second before Nanaimo exploded for six consecutive goals.

Each team had a power play goal in the first with Cal Babych connecting for the Clippers and Keaton Mastrodonato replying for the Dogs.

Brad Belisle put Nanaimo up 2-1 with a high shot from the left side, but then Paul Selleck and Ryan Steele (shorthanded) gave Alberni Valley their only lead.

Before the end of the second period Marinelli, and Tristan Crozier put the Clippers ahead to stay.

Max Crozier and Marinelli put Nanaimo up 6-3 in the third, and with the Bulldogs getting into penalty trouble Josh Bourne and Preston Brodziak each added a power play goal in the final period.

The final shots were 40-18 in favour of the Clippers with Taz Burman getting the win over Brock Lefebvre.

John Hawthorne replaced Lefebvre after the Clippers 6-3 goal.

On special teams Nanaimo was 3/9 on the power play and 2/3 on the penalty kill.

The win improved the Clippers record to 6-1 against the Bulldogs with one more head to head game still to come on February 7.

Friday’s Three Stars

1) Brandon Marinelli 2g 1a

2) Tristan Crozier 1g 3a

3) David Silye 2a

The Clippers are back at home Saturday at 6 p.m. against the West Kelowna Warriors.

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