Zach Manns had three goals and two assists as the Nanaimo Timbermen beat the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-7 at Frank Crane Arena Saturday night. It’s the fourth straight win for Nanaimo (8-4), who remain in third place, two games behind co-leaders Langley and New Westminster. The Timbermen are also two and half games ahead of fourth place Victoria. The Adanacs fall to 1-10 with the loss.

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Manns, Sheridan power Timbermen to big early lead

Easton Ong got things going for Nanaimo just 46 seconds into the game. Ryan Sheridan (3:41) followed, assisted by Manns and Colton Lidstone, for a 2-0 lead. Evan Downey (9:00) halved the lead for Coquitlam, but the Timbermen went on a five-goal run into the second period. Sheridan netted his second (12:52), then Manns added a power play marker (15:33). Tyson Roe (19:24) put Nanaimo up 5-1 at the end of the first period.

Manns scored his second goal (5:14), assisted by Taggart Clark, to open the second period scoring. The two then reversed roles, with Manns assisting Clark (8:20) to extend Nanaimo’s lead to 7-1. Jordan Roberts, who was acquired in the Christian Del Bianco trade, broke the run for Coquitlam at the 9:42 mark. The teams traded goals, with Sheridan scoring his hat trick (12:19), and Anthony Buono (12:57) responding for the Adanacs. A buzzer beater from Adam Wiedemann (19:59) put Nanaimo up 9-3 going into the final frame.

Manns takes home 1st Star honors as Nanaimo rolls to win

Manns (2:26) pushed the lead to seven to start the third period. Buono (3:03) and John Hofseth (4:17) cut that lead to five. However, Brett McIntyre, recently acquired by Nanaimo from Coquitlam, made it 11-5 by scoring against his former team (6:42). Adam Noakes went back-to-back for Coquitlam (9:24 power play; 10:31) to narrow the margin to 11-7. Nanaimo would respond once more, with Nate Wade (12:16) and Wiedemann’s second (19:21) putting the game out of reach.

The five-point performance from Manns earned him 1st Star of the Game. Sheridan (3g) was named 2nd Star, and Buono (2g) got the 3rd Star nod for the Adanacs. Nanaimo outshot Coquitlam 57-49; each team had 8 penalty minutes for the game. Justin Geddie made 42 saves for the Timbermen, while Andrew Gallant turned aside 44 shots in a losing effort. Coquitlam travels to Burnaby on Tuesday, then again on Friday before hosting Victoria on Saturday. Nanaimo travels to Langley on Wednesday with a chance to draw closer to the top of the standings; they then host Maple Ridge on Saturday.

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