NANAIMO — An injury to Clippers forward Vincent Millette overshadowed Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Victoria Grizzlies.
Millette took a puck to the face early in the second period and went sprinting off to the dressing room with a some nasty damage to his upper lip. There's no structural damage but doctors were with him in the dressing room most of the game trying to get him stitched up.
The game itself saw the Grizzlies get out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Jamie Rome and TJ Friedmann. Shortly after the Millette injury Justin Michaelian and Keyvan Mohktari added quick goals to make it 4-0. Clippers starter Evan DeBrouwer was pulled in favour of Austin Roden after the third goal.
Nanaimo cut the lead to 4-1 on a goal by Matt Kowalski early in the third, but Brett Stirling restored the four goal lead with a high shot from the right side moments later. David Silye beat Tony Rehm on a pretty pass from Jake Harris on a Clipper man advantage, as the game ended 5-2.
The final shots were 27-23 for the Clippers, with Nanaimo finishing 1/2 on the power play and 3/3 on the penalty kill.
Just hours before the game it was announced that Grizzlies' goalie Matthew Galajda made the roster for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. Victoria will have to play without him until after the Christmas break.
The Clippers will host the Wenatchee Wild in their final home game of 2016 Friday night.
It's also Teddy Bear Toss night, so fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to the game to throw on the ice after Nanaimo's first goal.
Wednesday's Three Stars
1) Cole Pickup 2a
2) TJ Friedmann 1g 1a
3) David Silye 1g