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Game Recap: Bucks Beat Nanaimo for Second Straight Win

Another boisterous Western Financial Place crowd was treated to a great showing from the Cranbrook Bucks, who put on a great show to earn a 4-1 victory over the Nanaimo Clippers

The first period was tentative for both sides. The Bucks managed to take the edge of the early shot at 10-8, but both goalies were in good form. Cranbrook did have three power-play opportunities in the opening frame, but a strong Nanaimo PK unit held the Bucks at bay.

It was more of the same in the second period. Neither team could find the net despite multiple power-play opportunities for both clubs. The middle frame ended the same way it began, a 0-0 tie. But that was about to change.

The Bucks managed to get on the board early in the third period thanks to an Andrew King goal on an odd-man rush. Cranbrook needed just 15 seconds to double their lead with a goal from Brendan Rodgers off a breakdown in the Nanaimo zone. Cam Reid made it a 3-0 lead with time dwindling in the final frame. The Clippers did manage to get a goal at the 18:07 mark to halt Bucks goalie Nathan Airey’s bid for a shutout, but the Bucks would reply with an empty-net goal from Cole Assailly to close the game with a 4-1 victory.

The win puts Cranbrook on a winning streak for the first time this season at two games and improves their record to 4-3-0.

The Bucks won’t have as long a layoff between games this week, they’re back in action on November 3 when they host the Merritt Centennials.

Buck Tracks:

  • Defenceman Cam Reid earned his first two points of the season, he was named the game’s 1st
  • Forward Brendan Rodgers scored his first career BCHL goal.
  • The Bucks are on their first winning streak of the season (two games).
  • Forward Tyson Dyck scoreless in 2 games after opening season with 5 game point streak.
  • Saturday’s game was the first clash between Cranbrook and Nanaimo. The Clippers have won five Fred Page Cups in the franchise’s history (1976, 1977, 1978, 2004, 2007)