Nanaimo Clippers forward Lucas Finner digs for a puck in the crease in front of Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Brody Claeys as Bulldogs defenceman Ryan Steele tries to clear the puck away. The visitors went on to win 3-2 in overtime.

Nanaimo Clippers forward Lucas Finner digs for a puck in the crease in front of Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Brody Claeys as Bulldogs defenceman Ryan Steele tries to clear the puck away. The visitors went on to win 3-2 in overtime.

Clippers beat Bulldogs back-to-back

Junior A hockey team breaks out of slump with shutout win on home ice, overtime win on the road.

The Nanaimo Clippers knew how important this past weekend’s games were, and they met the challenge.

The Clippers swept their home-and-home series against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday with a 3-0 shutout on home ice followed by a 3-2 overtime victory on the road.

Nanaimo was able to complete the sweep thanks to a game-winning goal from Jamie Collins a minute and a half into the overtime frame. He stole a puck and had time and space to swing in front of the Alberni Valley netminder and score.

Jake Harris had tied things up with two and a half minutes left in the third period and Vincent Millette was Nanaimo’s other scorer. Evan DeBrouwer made 36 saves for the win as shots were 43-38.

The contest hadn’t been as close the night before as the Clippers outshot the Bulldogs 42-22, with DeBrouwer earning the shutout. David Silye and Collins scored second-period goals and then Sean Buchanan added an insurance marker early in the third period.

The fourth-place Clips went into the weekend with just a one-point lead in the standings over the fifth-place Bulldogs, but pushed that to a four-point margin.

GAME ON … The Clippers take their final road trip off the Island this weekend (Jan. 27-29) as they visit the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Vernon Vipers and then the Surrey Eagles.

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