POWELL RIVER — The Clippers have made lots of improvements over the last month but the results against the Kings this weekend show there is more work to be done.
Nanaimo lost 4-1 on Saturday, and end their season series with a 2-6 record against their Island Division rivals.
The game was scoreless into the second period with both Mitch Adamyk and the Clippers Austin Roden playing well in the opening 20 minutes.
It appeared Nanaimo had the opened scoring three minutes into the game but an apparent goal was washed out because of contact with the goalie.
The Kings top ranked power play did get the first goal when Ben Berard scooped in a shot from the slot.
That was the only goal until early in the third when Carter Turnbull scored on a turnover to extend the lead.
Matthew Cairns scored off the rush to give Powell River command of the game seven minutes into the period.
Josh Blanchard scored Nanaimo's only goal with a spectacular individual effort on a Clippers penalty kill but Curtis McCarrick ended any hopes of a comeback when he scored for the Kings less that a minute later.
Powell River outshot Nanaimo 38-31 with the Kings going 1/6 on the power play and the Clippers finishing 0/5.
With a pair of games left in the season Nanaimo is one point behind the third place Cowichan Valley Capitals.
The Caps have three games remaining.
If Nanaimo finishes in third place they will play Powell River when the playoffs open on March 3rd, if the Clippers are fourth they will match up against Victoria.
Saturday's Three Stars
1) Curtis McCarrick 1g 1a
2) Mitch Adamyk 30 saves
3) Carter Turnbull 1g