TYSON WHITNEY PHOTOS Matt Mercer makes a great diving poke check on Saturday against the Nanaimo Clippers at the Chilton Arena.

Nanaimo Clippers ‘clip’ North Island Atom Eagles’ wings on the road

The Nanaimo Clippers defeated the North Island Atom Eagles 6-4 on Saturday in Port McNeill.

The Nanaimo Clippers were in town on Saturday to go to war with the North Island Atom Eagles at the Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill, and was it ever a back and forth battle featuring a ton of highlight reel goals.

The Clippers would ultimately strike first near the end of the first period. Jackson Peters skated in and took a shot on net, and then Bogdan Mazur knocked the rebound past Eagles’ goaltender Matt Mercer to make it 1-0.

The Eagles would come out determined in the second period. Kyle Rushton got the feed from Dakota Knighton and then skated in on the Clippers’ goaltender Jett Giles, firing off a beautiful backhand shot top shelf to tie it up.

Peters would answer back for the Clippers with a goal of his own around two minutes later, giving his team the lead once again. Knighton would then find the back of the net at 4:55 to tie it up going into the third period, but Peters would ultimately score again at 14:23 and then Olen Johanson-Paugh added another goal at 10:51 to make it 4-2.

The Eagles, however, weren’t ready to lay down and quit just yet. Carter Henschke scored at 9:57 to bring the Eagles within one goal of tying the game, but the Clippers’ Henry Roddick scored at 9:10 to make it 5-3.

Rushton scored again at 4:58, but it was too little too late. The Clippers’ Cole Van Deventer would add one more goal at 3:06 to give his team a hard-fought 6-4 win. The Eagles played an exhibition rematch against the Clippers on Sunday at the Chilton Regional Arena, falling 6-5.

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