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Nanaimo comes from behind to beat Chiefs in shootout

A back and forth tight checking game needed a shootout to decide a winner Saturday night at the Chilliwack Coliseum.

Nanaimo Clippers forward Kyler Kovich scored a late third period goal to tie the game and force overtime after Xavier Henry and Kyle Penney scored goals earlier in the period just over two minutes apart to give Chilliwack a 2-1 lead.

The Clippers opened the scoring in the first period at the 7:17 mark when Nanaimo captain Ethan Scardina fired home his 18th goal of the season on the power-play to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

No goals were scored in the second period.

Henry got the crowd on its feet just before the midway mark of the third period when he let a long shot go from distance that beat goaltender Jordan Naylor to tie the game 1-1. Shortly after that Penney gave Chilliwack the lead when he cut in from the right wing side and roofed a shot high past the Clippers goaltender for his 17th of the season.

Chilliwack has now matched a season-high five-game losing streak (0-3-2) as it gets set to host the Prince George Spruce Kings Tuesday night at the Coliseum. The Chiefs remain in second place in the Mainland Division, eight points ahead of the Surrey Eagles with six games remaining in the regular season schedule.

You can catch all the play-by-play action with Vanni De Bartolo and Tyler Garrah on Produce Gone Wild Chiefs hockey Tuesday February 11th beginning with the pre-game show at 6:35pm.

Written by: Vanni De Bartolo, Chiefs Play-by-Play broadcaster