The Clippers dropped their fourth game in a row on Sunday 5-4 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
Nanaimo was down 1-0 after 20 minutes thanks to a freakish play where Brandon Marinelli attempted to make a pass out of his own end just to have his stick explode.
The end result was a breakaway for Justin Wilson who scored the only goal of the frame against Taz Burman.
The second period opened with a Clippers five on three penalty kill.
They did a masterful job on the PK but surrendered two goals mid way through the period by Nick Unruh and Trevor Adams.
Tristan Crozier put Nanaimo on the board with a spectacular individual effort as he split the Silverbacks defense on a Clipper man advantage.
But just 18 seconds later Rhett Kingston gave Salmon Arm their three goal lead back.
That set up a wild third period, beginning with David Silye’s goal to make the score 4-2.
Kingston’s second of the game put the Clippers down three – but it also served as a wake up call.
Silye scored again shorthanded, and Lucas Vanroboys sniped from long range on Kyle Dumba to bring Nanaimo back within one.
The Clippers outshot Salmon Arm 16-4 in the third period and 39-37 in the game but couldn’t get the tying marker.
On special teams Nanaimo was 1/7 on the power play and 4/4 killing penalties.
As the Clippers get ready for a three game road trip to Coquitlam, Wenatchee, and Surrey they sit in third place in the Island Division – but just four points out of first.
Sunday’s Three Stars
1) Rhett Kingston 2g
2) Hudson Schandor 3a
3) David Silye 2g