Jason Knox Leads Timbermen To Second Straight Victory

Jason Knox had a six-point night as the Nanaimo Timbermen picked up their second straight victory, downing the Langley Thunder 8-6 on Wednesday night.

Knox was a playmaker with six assists, while Colby Bowman had an outstanding night between the pipes for Nanaimo. The Timbermen were outshot 52-47, but Bowman made 46 saves for the win.

Nanaimo’s victory leaves a logjam at the bottom of the WLA standings, with the Burnaby Lakers, Timbermen and Thunder all sitting with three wins. Nanaimo had one game in hand on Langley, while Burnaby has two games in hand.

In this game, Langley was in control until Nanaimo went on a five-goal run between the second and third periods. The Thunder went scoreless for 34:41.

Thunder Pull Ahead Late In The First Period

It was a back-and-forth battle early in the first period. Robert Church opened the scoring for Langley on the power play 1:23 into the first period. Nanaimo replied at 3:59 off a goal from Riley Aresnault to tie up the game.

Chase Scanlan would put Langley up 2-1 at the 6:37 mark. However, Taggart Clark answered back of Nanaimo at 13:38.

Langley took the lead late in the first period with a pair of quick goals. Chase Scanlan scored with 2:34 left on the clock and Church added another 24 seconds later as the Thunder led 4-2 after one.

Timbermen Hold The Thunder Off The Scoresheet

Nanaimo got a huge second period out of Bowman. The Timbermen outscored the Thunder 3-0 in the second frame as Bowman stopped all 23 shots he faced.

Jon Phillips opened the scoring with an extra attacker on the floor at 5:25. He struck again on the power play 58 seconds later to tie up the game 4-4.

Nanaimo would take a 5-4 lead heading into the third period off a goal from Oneniotekowa Maracle at 7:24.

Langley’s Comeback Falls Short

Zach Manns took over to begin the third period. He scored at 6:11 and struck again at 7:13 to give Nanaimo a three-goal cushion.

Langley attempted a late comeback. Chase Scanlan scored unassisted at 14:41 to make the score 7-5. Kyle Playsted would then get the Thunder within one with 4:53 left to play.

Levi Verch potted an empty netter with 13 seconds on the clock to give Nanaimo the 8-6 win.

Top Scorers

Nanaimo Timbermen

Jason Knox, 6a

Jon Phillips, 2g 2a

Zach Manns, 2g 1a

Lukas Olsson, 3a

Langley Thunder

Chase Scanlan, 3g 2a

Robert Church, 2g 2a

Connor Robinson, 2a

Charles Scanlan, 2a

Three Stars

  1. Jason Knox, Nanaimo Timbermen
  2. Colby Bowman, Nanaimo Timbermen
  3. Chase Scanlan, Langley Thunder

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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.