The Nanaimo Timbermen got an eight-point night from Zach Manns and a seven-point night from Taggart Clark in a 15-10 win over the Coquitlam Adanacs at the Poirier Sports Complex on Saturday night. The win evens the Timbermen’s record at 1-1 on the season. Coquitlam starts their 2023 WLA campaign 0-1.

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Adanacs hold slim lead after first period

Manns opened the scoring at 3:38, with Kyle Playsted (4:55) quickly extending the Nanaimo lead to 2-0. The Adanacs came back with a four-goal run. Reid Reinholdt (7:40 power play), Robert Hofseth (8:34), and two from Cole Christiaens (9:25; 10:27) put Coquitlam up 4-2. Clark (13:49) broke the run to make it 4-3 Adanacs after the first 20 minutes of play.

Manns helps Timbermen double up Adanacs in the second period

Manns (1:04) and Clark (1:52) each added their second to put Nanaimo up 5-4. Coquitlam retook the lead 6-5 with markers from Clark Walter (2:47) and Adam Noakes (4:08). Jerrett Smith tied it 52 seconds later, but the Adanacs would tack on two more, courtesy of Chase McIntyre (7:58) and Reinholdt’s second (10:59), for an 8-6 edge. Undaunted, the Timbermen went on a five-goal run to outscore Coquitlam 8-4 in the period. Evan Messenger (13:43), the hat trick goal from Manns (16:22), Jon Phillips (17:49), Will Johansen (17:55), and David Byrne (18:29) lit the lamp to give Nanaimo an 11-8 lead heading into the second intermission.

Manns puts Coquitlam away in the third period

McIntyre went back-to-back (8:33; 9:48 power play) to pull Coquitlam within one, 11-10. But the Adanacs would get no closer, as the Timbermen scored four more goals in the game’s final five minutes. Manns’ fourth (15:55), Messenger’s second (16:34), Manns’ fifth (18:45), and Graden Soucy (19:49) closed out the first win of the season for Nanaimo.

Manns (5g, 3a) earned 1st Star of the game honors, while Taggart Clark (2g, 5a) earned 3rd Star. For Coquitlam, Reinholdt (2g, 4a) was given 2nd Star, and McIntyre finished with four points (3g, 1a). Justin Geddie made 30 saves in net for Nanaimo, while Andrew Gallant stopped 38 of 53 in a losing effort for the Adanacs.

Coquitlam next plays at New Westminster on Thursday June 1. Nanaimo has a doubleheader next weekend: home against Langley Saturday June 3, then at Maple Ridge Sunday June 4.

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.