A night after dumping the Powell River Kings 6-4, the Malmo Redhawks lost 2-1 to the Nanaimo Clippers Saturday night.
Clips' Sam Labrecque opened the scoring with a goal just past the midway point of the second on a feed from Zach Martin. The Redhawks tied the game not long after on a goal from Kim Runnermark assisted by Scott Nordh.
Kyle Kramer scored less than five minutes into the third set up by Vic Newell and Colton Cyr and Nanaimo made it hold up as the winner. The Clippers split goaltending duties in the game with Charles-Andre Pelletier starting and Charles-Alexy Premont taking over at the 9:41 mark of the second. Pelletier made eight saves while Premont made 15 to get the win.
Elsewhere in the BCHL on New Year's Day, the Vernon Vipers downed the Penticton Vees 3-1 at home. Darren Nowick opened scoring shorthanded at 6:28 of the second and Kyle Murphy got what would be the winner less than seven minutes after. Brendan O'Donnell replied for the Vees but Patrick McGillis iced it for the Snakes with an empty-netter with 23 seconds left.
In Merritt, the Centennials spotted the Quesnel Millionaires a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the second period but scored four of their own shortly after on their way to a 5-4 win. Stephen Wall's tally in the third proved the winner. No player scored more than a goal for either team but Darryl DeVries had a goal and two assists for Quesnel to lead all scorers on the night.
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