Adam Noakes Scores Game Winner in Coquitlam’s Win Over Nanaimo

Adam Noakes had four goals including the game-winner as the Coquitlam Adanacs downed the Nanaimo Timbermen 10-9 on Saturday night in Coquitlam.

Trailing by four in the third period, the Timbermen mounted a late comeback with three goals in the last 3:03. However, the comeback would fall just short.

Coquitlam finds themselves in fourth place in the WLA standings with a record of 2-4, while Nanaimo drops to sixth place at 1-3.

Andrew Gallant got the start in goal for Coquitlam and stopped 39 of 48 shots for the win. Justin Geddie and Devlin Shanahan split the time in goal for Nanaimo. Shanahan stopped eight of 11 shots in 20:29 of play. Geddie played 37:18 and stopped 25 of 32 shots.

Coquitlam Takes Slight Edge In The First Period

It was a bit of a defensive battle to begin the game as it was scoreless for the first 3:52. Noakes broke open the game at that point to give the Adanacs the early lead.

The Nanaimo Timbermen replied 1:09 later when Riley Aresnault found the back of the net to tie up the game.

Noakes struck again in the first period at the 7:23 mark to put the Adanacs back up by one. Caleb Creasor scored unassisted for the Timbermen at 13:18 to make the score 2-2.

The back-and-forth battle continued. Brian Gillis scored for Coquitlam at 15:11 and Zach Manns tied it up at 16:09.

Clark Walter rounded out the scoring for Coquitlam on the power play at 17:21 to give the Adanacs a 4-3 lead at the first intermission.

More Back-and-Forth Action

Neither team gave an inch in the second period as well. Manns scored 2:01 into the second period on the power play to tie up the game 4-4.

Coquitlam retook the lead at the 14:46 mark on the power play with Tyler Kirkby scoring off a Riley Isaacs feed. The Adanac then extended their lead with a shorthanded marker from Kean Moon at 16:47.

Nanaimo was able to take advantage of the power play. Colton Lidstone scored on the man advantage at 17:44 to get the Timbermen back within one.

Matthew Delmonico rounded out the second-period scoring with 1:44 left as the Adanacs led 8-6 heading into the final frame.

Nanaimo’s Comeback Falls Short

Coquitlam extended their lead with a pair of goals to open the third period. Conner Stroup scored at 3:58 and Noakes score what would be the game winner on the power play at 9:05 to make it 10-6.

Nanaimo tried to mount a late comeback. Taggart Clark scored on the power play at 16:57. Jon Phillips then made it a two-goal game with the extra attacker with 55 seconds left. Lukas Olsson scored off a Jason Knox pass with the extra attacker with 38 seconds left, but Nanaimo couldn’t find the equalizer as Coquitlam took the 10-9 win.

Top Scorers

Coquitlam Adanacs

Adam Noakes, 4g

Matthew Delmonico, 1g 3a

Tyler Kirkby, 1g 3a

Nanaimo Timbermen

Zach Manns, 3g 3a

Taggart Clark, 1g 4a

Jon Phillips, 1g 3a

Three Stars

  1. Adam Noakes, Coquitlam Adanacs
  2. Zach Manns, Nanaimo Timbermen
  3. Josh Jackson, Coquitlam Adanacs

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.