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The Nanaimo Timbermen (1-4) visited the Langley Thunder (4-1) at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night. The Timbermen had fought valiantly the last couple of games with their backs against the wall, trying to stay alive in the WLA finals. The Thunder were looking to finish off Nanaimo and book their spot in the Mann Cup against either Peterborough or Six Nations.
The goalie match-up had Devlin Shanahan in net for Nanaimo facing Frank Scigliano for Langley.
Langley put an exclamation point on the series with an 11-5 victory in game five to win the series, and book their spot in the 2022 Mann Cup. An eight goal run between the first and second periods changed the dynamic of the game. Big games from Curtis Dickson (4g,0a), Dane Dobbie (2g,2a), Chase Scanlan (2g,1a), and Connor Robinson (2g,0a) led the way for the Thunder.
To The Game:
Coady Adamson got Nanaimo rolling right away scoring just 0:53 seconds into the game, converting a Teioshantateh McComber pass. Connor Robinson evened the score finishing off a Keegan Bell feed at 3:34, followed by Curtis Dickson scoring off a Robert Church pass at 7:46. The Timbermen tied the game up when Jon Phillips fired a shot past Scigliano off a Will Johansen pass at 10:08.
Langley put together a flurry to end the period. Chase Scanlan converted a Reece Callies pass at 15:44. Dane Dobbie scored off an Isaac Ngyou feed just 0:16 seconds later, followed by Chase Scanlan converting a Keegan Bell pass at 17:12.
After one period, Langley 5 Nanaimo 2.
- Shots on goal favored Langley 26-15.
Langley continued where they left off in period one with Dane Dobbie scoring his second of the night off a Chase Scanlan pass at 4:04, followed by Curtis Dickson scoring his second of the night on the power play off a Robert Church feed at 5:21, opening up a five goal Thunder lead.
The Timbermen made a goalie change, having Charles Claxton replace Devlin Shanahan.
Claxton was greeted by Matt Abbott scoring in transition off a long lead pass from Frank Scigliano at 10:01. Connor Robinson scored his second of the night off a Matt Abbott feed at 13:05, followed by Curtis Dickson scoring his third of the night off a Dane Dobbie pass at 13:26.
Taggart Clark scored for Nanaimo on the power play converting a Jon Phillips pass at 19:10.
After two periods, Langley 10 Nanaimo 3.
- Shots on goal were 20-16 in favor of Langley, for a total of 46-31.
The Thunder did a good job of frustrating the Timbermen throughout the period, playing a terrific game of keep away.
Evan Messenger finally scored for Nanaimo off a Jerome Thompson feed at 8:07, but was answered by Curtis Dickson’s fourth of the night at 16:35. Colton Lidstone converted a Jerome Thompson feed at 19:07, but it was too little, too late.
Final score, Langley 11 Nanaimo 5.
- Shots on goal in the period was 18-16 in favor of Nanaimo.
- Shots on goal was 62-49 in favor of Langley.
- Nanaimo went 1 for 4 on the power play.
- Langley went 1 for 1 on the power play.
- Colton Lidstone 1g, 3a
- Jon Phillips 1g, 1a
- Teioshantateh McComber 0g, 2a
- Jerome Thompson 0g, 2a
- Curtis Dickson 4g, 0a
- Dane Dobbie 2g, 2a
- Chase Scanlan 2g, 1a
Langley now awaits the winner of the Peterborough Lakers vs. Six Nations Chiefs for who they will meet in the Mann Cup.
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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.