Goalies Steal The Show In Timbermen Victory

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Coquitlam Adanacs (3-1) visited the Nanaimo Timbermen (1-2) in WLA action on Saturday night at the Frank Crane Arena. The Adanacs had gotten off to a fast 3-0 start heading into this game, and were looking to keep up the momentum.  This game was a rematch from last Tuesday in which the Adanacs won 9-5.

The goalie match-up had Christian Del Bianco in net for the Adanacs against Charles Claxton in net for the Timbermen.

This was a game that showed just how great the goaltending is in the WLA. With 98 shots between the two teams, only ten goals were scored. Nanaimo outlasted Coquitlam 6-4.

To The Game:

Nanaimo opened the scoring quickly when Ethan Forgrave converted an Adam Wiedemann pass at 1:56. 

The game turned into a track meet, with end to end action yielding many good opportunities.  Both Claxton and Del Bianco were on their games, not letting anything by them.

Finally at the 13:10 mark, Colton Lidstone was able to convert an Ethan Forgrave feed to give the Timbermen a 2-0 lead in the period.  Evan Messenger got on the scoresheet when he finished a Jon Phillips pass at 18:35.

After one period, Nanaimo 3 Coquitlam 0.

Shots on goal after one was an astounding 23-14 in favor of the Timbermen.

Second Period:

Nanaimo added to their lead when David Byrne converted an Adam Wiedemann feed at 4:14.

The Adanacs were held scoreless until 13:03 of the second period.  Thomas Semple finally got them on the board converting a pass from Levi Anderson, but was answered almost immediately when Colton Lidstone scored his second of the night off a Jon Phillips pass 0:45 seconds later.  Ethan Forgrave scored his second of the game at 15:16 for Nanaimo, but Coquitlam’s Matt Delmonico beat Charles Claxton off a Jackson Gillis pass at 16:34 to narrow the lead.

After two periods, Nanaimo 6 Coquitlam 2.

Shots on goal in this period also favored Nanaimo 21-10, for a game total 44-24.

Third Period:

The Adanacs seemed to be more focused in this period opening the scoring quickly.  Matt Delmonico scored his second consecutive goal, on the power play, at 1:57 and seemed to be getting more quality chances.  At 10:06 Coquitlam scored once again when Levi Anderson was able to put one by Claxton unassisted,  narrowing the lead to just two.

The Adanacs put pressure on the Timbermen, but goalie Charles Claxton and the Nanaimo defense were able to hold them off for the victory.

Final Score, Nanaimo 6 Coquitlam 4

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal in the period finally favored the Adanacs 16-14, for a game total 58-40 in favor of the Timbermen.
  • Coquitlam won the faceoff battle 8-5.
  • The Adanacs went 1 for 5 on the power play, while Nanaimo went 0 for 4.

The Three Stars:

  • First Star………….Charles Claxton
  • Second Star……..Christian Del Bianco
  • Third Star…………Ethan Forgrave

Top Scorers:

Coquitlam Adanacs:

  • Levi Anderson 1g, 2a
  • Matt Delmonico 2g, 0a
  • Thomas Semple 1g, 0a

Nanaimo Timbermen:

  • Ethan Forgrave 2g, 2a
  • Jon Phillips 0g, 3a
  • Colton Lidstone 2g, 0a
Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.