Jon Phillips Scores Late As Nanaimo Ties Burnaby

Jon Phillips scored a late power-play goal as the Nanaimo Timbermen and the Burnaby Lakers played to a 9-9 tie on Tuesday night in WLA action.

Nanaimo was actually down 9-7 with under six minutes left when they got goals from Colton Lidstone and Phillips to force overtime. However, the extra frame solved nothing.

The Lakers and Timbermen came into the game with identical records of 3-5 and they will remain tied for sixth place with seven points. This was also the first meeting this season between the two clubs. The only difference is that Nanaimo has one overtime loss.

Burnaby’s Ben McDonald has made a name for himself this WLA season. On Tuesday night, he had five goals and two assists to lead the Lakers. Jason Knox led the Timbermen with two goals and four assists, while Zach Manns finished with a hat trick.

Gordie Phillips was also dominant at the faceoff dot for Burnaby, going 15 of 22 on draws.

In goal for Burnaby was Keegen Melenychuk, who faced a lot of rubber but made 51 saves off of 60 shots. At the other end of the floor, Colby Bowman stopped 45 of 54 shots for the tie.

Manns Overboard!

Zach Manns had a pair of goals in the first period as the Timbermen took an early 4-1 lead.

Connor Watson opened the scoring for Burnaby 3:30 into the game on the power play. However, Nanaimo replied with a four-goal run.

Luka Olsson scored at 12:38 to tie the game and Knox gave Nanaimo the lead at 13:55.

Manns rounded out the scoring with a marker with 3:11 left and he scored again with 1:27 left to make it 4-1 at the first break.

Burnaby Battles Back

Ben McDonald opened the second period scoring 17 seconds into the frame, but Taggart Clark replied at 3:05 on the power play to restore the Timbermen’s three-goal lead.

The Lakers rattled off three straight goals to end the second period as part of a five-goal run. It started with McDonald finding the back of the net shorthanded at 5:11. Pearson Willis then pulled the Lakers within on at 11:09.

McDonald struck again with 3:28 on the clock as the game was tied up 5-5 heading into the third period.

Jon Phillips Forces The Tie

Thomas Vela scored on the power play at 2:28 into the third period as the Lakers were mounting a comeback. McDonald would then score at 4:55 unassisted to put Burnaby up 7-5.

It became a game of runs from here on out. Knox scored 40 seconds later followed by Manns at 9:42 to tie it 7-7.

The Lakers jumped back ahead by two with goals from Kieran McKay at 11:41 and McDonald at 13:09.

Nanaimo got within one off a goal from Lidstone with 5:43 left to play. Sam La Roue then took an untimely holding penalty for Burnaby within the last minute of the game. Jon Phillips made no mistake scoring on the power play with 36 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

In the extra frame, Burnaby did not get any shots on net. Nanaimo had two shots, but they were both turned aside by Melenychuk as the game ended in a 9-9 tie.

Top Scorers

Burnaby Lakers

Ben McDonald, 5g 2a

Ben Stewart, 3a

Thomas Vela, 1g 2a

Nanaimo Timbermen

Jason Knox, 2g 4a

Taggart Clark, 1g 4a

Colton Lidstone, 1g 2a

Zach Manns, 3g

Jon Phillips, 1g 2a

Three Stars

  1. Ben McDonald, Burnaby Lakers
  2. Jason Knox, Nanaimo Timbermen
  3. Taggart Clark, 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.