CHILLIWACK - On the final day of the Clippers mainland road trip the game was up for grabs until the final period.
In the end, the Chilliwack Chiefs skated away with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.
Carver Watson buried a cross-ice pass behind Austin Roden to make the score 1-0 after the first period and Chiefs captain Jordan Kawaguchi upped the lead to 2-0 midway through the second with a shot from the slot. In the last minute of the second period Myles Cunningham scored Nanaimo's only goal when his point shot overpowered Mark Sinclair's glove hand on a Clipper' power play.
The Chiefs got some insurance when Watson batted a puck out of mid-air on a Chilliwack man advantage. Nanaimo pressed in the final few minutes until Jake Smith added an empty netter to make the game 4-1. The final shots finished 29-17 for the Chiefs and the power plays ended up 1/5 for Chilliwack and 1/8 for Nanaimo.
Nanaimo returns home from the long three-game trip with only a single point. Now the Clippers turn their attention to the Victoria Grizzlies, who they'll face in a home and home series starting Friday in Nanaimo.
Eight of the Clippers final 31 games will be against Victoria.
Sunday's Three Stars
1) Carver Watson 2g
2) Jordan Kawaguchi 1g
3) Will Calverley 2a