Burrards’ Comeback Falls Short Against Nanaimo

The Maple Ridge Burrards’ comeback in the third period fell short in a 6-5 loss to the Nanaimo Timbermen on Saturday night in WLA action.

The win moves the Timbermen to .500 with a record of 1-1, while the Burrards are looking for their first win at 0-2.

It was a rough night in goal for Maple Ridge’s Brandon Humphrey as he faced a lot of rubber. To his credit, he stopped 50 of 56 shots in the loss. On the other side of the floor, Justin Geddie picked up the win for Nanaimo, stopping 37 of 42 shots.

Although Maple Ridge never led a lead in this game, they kept it close. The game came down to the third period. Trailing by two, the Burrards were able to get a goal with an extra attacker on the floor but could not find the equalizer.

Back-And-Forth First Period

Nanaimo got on the back first 2:16 into the first period. jason Knox scored on the powerplay to give the Timbermen the early lead.

The Burrards replied back at the 7:35 mark. Dylan McIntosh would bury a feed from Marcus Klarich on the powerplay to tie the game up 1-1.

The Timbermen would regain the lead at 13:09 with Zach Manns scoring off a Jon Phillips pass. Klarich scored with 2:02 left on the clock as he and McIntosh teamed up again to make it 2-2 after one period of play.

Timbermen Take Slight Lead In The Second

Nanaimo opened the scoring in the second period. Taggart Clark scored unassisted at 3:10 to give the Timbermen a 3-2 advantage.

Maple Ridge answered back to tie it 3-3. Rhys Porteous scored off a Ryan Jones feed at 5:14

Luka Olsson found the back of the net for Nanaimo at 7:51 as the Timbermen would once again take the lead, 4-3. Maple Ridge couldn’t find the equalizer as they found themselves down by one heading into the third.

Clark Scores Game Winner

Maple Ridge would find the equalizer early in the third period. Marcus Klarich at the 6:12 mark to make the score 4-4.

However, it was a late two-goal run for Nanaimo that proved to be the difference. Olsson scored at the 8:10 mark and Clark scored unassisted again at 14:11, which would prove to be the game-winning goal.

The Burrards’ comeback fell just short late in the third. Garret Winter scored with the extra attacker with 25 seconds left to play but it wouldn’t be enough as the Timbermen took a 6-5 win.

Top Scorers

Nanaimo Timbermen

Taggart Clark, 2g 2a

Lukas Olsson, 2g

Zach Manns, 1g 1a

Jon Phillips, 2a

Maple Ridge Burrards

Marcus Klarich, 2g 2a

Garret Winter, 1g 1a

Dylan McIntosh, 1g 1a

Three Stars

  1. Justin Geddie, Nanaimo Timbermen
  2. Taggart Clark, Nanaimo Timbermen
  3. Jerrett Smith, Nanaimo Timbermen

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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.