LAC LA BICHE - The Lac La Biche Jr. B Clippers came out even in a home and home exhibition stand against the Lloydminster Bandits over the weekend.
Lac La Biche lost the first exhibition game in Lloydminster on Saturday night 6-4, but finished the Sunday rematch with a 12-4 win over the Bandits. The Sunday home game started well for the Clippers, going ahead 4-1 — including a hat-trick from forward Noah Fyith — after a period of play. They extended that lead to 8-3 by the end of the second period, and found the net four more times in the third for the double-digit win.
Still building a full roster, the Clippers dressed 15 players for the exhibition games which lead up to their Oct. 2 Northeast Alberta Junior B Hockey League season opener in Wainwright. The regular season home opener for the 2021-22 season is on Oct. 3 when the Clippers play Cold Lake on the Bold Center ice.
The puck drops at 4 p.m. for the home opener against Cold Lake.
Proof of vaccination
The Clippers have opted to use the province's Restriction Exemption Plan (REP) for all home games, meaning fans wanting to watch the home games at the Bold Center will have to present a proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Team officials say the decision to go with the REP was not an easy one, but say it was seen as the best way to protect players and fans.
"These regulations have placed our club and volunteers in a tough position," say team officials in a statement to fans. "Please know we are doing what is necessary to continue with our goal of providing a valuable and safe environment for these players to develop their hockey skills."