NANAIMO — Friday was a rough night for Nanaimo's sports scene.
Clippers out, Bucs on the brink
On the ice, the Nanaimo Clippers saw their season come to an end with a 4-2 loss in game five of their first round series against Victoria.
In another tightly-contested game, the Nanaimo Buccaneers fell behind 3-0 in the VIJHL's North Division final thanks to a 2-1 loss on the road in Campbell River.
Nanaimo's Jayden Schubert scored to tie the game 1-1 in the back-half of the first period. It remained that way until Brett Kinley scored with just over seven minutes remaining in the third.
Bucs' goaltender John Hawthorne stopped 42 of 44 shots in front of more than 1,000 fans at the Rod Brind'Amour arena. The loss marks the third straight one goal decision in the series, with games one and two ending 3-2 in double overtime in favour of the Storm.
Game four goes Monday at the Ice Centre at 7 p.m.
VIU at volleyball nationals
The Mariners men's and women's volleyball teams are down to one hope for a medal at the CCAA national championships, and it's not the colour they were looking for.
The Mariner women will play for bronze at 6 p.m. Saturday night in Victoria at Camosun College.
The men won't have that chance, as they fell in straight sets in the bronze semi-final against Medicine Hat Saturday.
BC boys hoops
Wellington and NDSS will clash one more time this season at the BC boys high school basketball provincials in Langley.
The two Nanaimo clubs will play for 9th place, the finals on the back side of the bracket, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The teams also met in this year's Island Division championship, with NDSS taking the win.