Salmonbellies Rebound To Defeat Timbermen

The New Westminster Salmonbellies were able to rebound to defeat the Nanaimo Timbermen 13-9 on Thursday night in WLA action at Queen’s Park Arena.

After a tough loss to Langley the previous night, New Westminster’s offence exploded on Thursday with 12 different goal scorers. Will Malcom led the way with a seven-point night including six assists.

It was a fairly quiet night for the goaltenders. Justin Geddie picked up the win between the pipes for New Westminster, stopping 25 of 34 shots. Devlin Shanahan stopped 33 of 46 shots in the loss.

The win helped the Salmonbellies keep pace with the front of the pack in the standings at 5-2. Meanwhile, questions still linger for Nanaimo as they drop to last place at 1-5.

Game of Momentum Swings

Nanaimo jumped on the board first. Jon Phillips found the back of the net 1:58 into the game on the power play, but New Westminster would swing the momentum.

Tyson Kirkness scored at 4:49 to tie the game and start a four-goal run. Justin Salt then buried a feed from Owen Down at 8:36 to give the ‘Bellies a 2-1 lead. Logan Schuss extended the lead 58 seconds later on the power play. Will Malcom finished off the run at 11:08 as New Westminster went ahead 4-1.

Nanaimo tried to stop the bleeding 23 seconds later when Colton Lidstone scored to get the Timbermen back within two.

Back on the power play at 12:16, Austin Ducommun scored followed by Drew Belgrave unassisted at 14:54 to give New Westminster a four-goal cushion.

Evan Messenger scored for the Timbermen at 15:16 that would start a five-goal run for Nanaimo between the end of the first period and into the second period.

Zach Manns rounded out the scoring with 2:12 on the clock as the Salmonbellies led 6-4 at the first intermission.

Timbermen Get Back Into The Game

Nanaimo would eventually take the lead in the second period as they continued their momentum from the first period.

Manns found the back of the net on the power play 1:47 into the second followed by Lukas Olsson at 4:49 to tie the game up 6-6. Colton Lidstone would up the Timbermen ahead 7-6 at the 7:20 mark.

New Westminster tied it up at 10:48 off a goal from Luke Pilcher, but Nanaimo retook the lead 56 seconds later with a goal from Oneniotekowa Maracle.

The Salmonbellies rounded out the second-period scoring with a marker from Sean Kriwokon with 3:51 on the clock to tie it 8-8 heading into the third.

Salmonbellies Rebound To Pick Up The Win

Momentum took another swing in the third period, this time it was in New Westminster’s favour. Conner Cook opened the scoring at 3:39 for the second of a four-goal run. Colton Clark then added a marker at 6:11 to give the Salmonbellies a 10-8 lead.

New Westminster would last get goals from Toru Morimatsu and Ryan Martel to put the Salmonbellies up by four with 5:52 left to play.

Manns scored his hat trick goal with 3:18 left, but Belgrave finished off the game unassisted with 1:47 left to complete the Salmonbellies’ rebound to defeat the Timbermen 13-9.

Top Scorers

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Will Malcom, 1g 6a

Logan Schuss, 1g 2a

Austin Ducommun, 1g 2a

Nanaimo Timbermen

Zach Manns, 3g 2a

Colton Lidstone, 2g 2a

Jon Phillips, 1g 3a

Three Stars

  1. Will Malcom, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  2. Zach Manns, Nanaimo Timbermen
  3. Drew Belgrave, New Westminster Salmonbellies

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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.