Salmonbellies Ride The Wave To Victory

Gary Groob

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The New Westminster Salmonbellies (1-1) fresh off their loss to Victoria, visited the Nanaimo Timbermen (0-1) in Saturday night action at the Frank Crane Arena in front of 777 fans.

The goalie matchup had  Zach Higgins on net for the Salmonbellies against Ethan Woods for the Timbermen.

New Westminster was on the back end of back to back games this weekend.  Nanaimo kept it close in the first, but a six goal run in the second period blew the game open.  The Salmonbellies came away with the 13-9 victory.

To The Game…

The first period had the Salmonbellies jump out quickly on this evening with Mitch Jones (5g,3a) getting the scoring started on the power play just 2:44 into the game.  0:33 seconds later Jordan McBride (3g,2a) then increased the lead to two. 

The Timbermen got on the board when Tyson Roe (1g,0a) beat Zach Higgins at 4:13.  Mitch Jones scored the next two goals.  The first one was off a Joe Callard pass at 14:32, followed by a laser off a Jordan McBride pass at 15:31.  Taggart Clark (2g,2a) answered for the Timbermen when he converted an Evan Messenger pass at 16:07.  Mitch Jones scored his fourth of the game when he converted a Haiden Dickson pass at 16:33. 

The Timbermen finished the period with a flurry.

Taggart Clark once again answered back for Nanaimo again converting an Evan Messenger pass at 18:06, followed by Jarrett Smith (1g,1a) finishing an Adam Weideman pass 0:31 seconds later.  Haiden Dickson (3g,2a) answered back for the Salmonbellies 0:17 seconds later, but Colton Lidstone (1g,0a) converted a Jon Phillips pass at 19:45.

After one period, New Westminster 6 Nanaimo 5.

Second Period:

Evan Messenger (1g,2a) tied the game for the Timbermen on the power play at 1:54, but the rest of the period was all Salmonbellies.

Jordan McBride converted a Mitch Jones pass on the power play at 5:29, followed by McBride then scoring unassisted at 9:40.  The Salmonbellies continued their run when Haiden Dickson scored off a Mitch Jones pass at 11:23, followed by Jones himself scoring at 12:18.  Thomas Vela (1g,1a) kept pouring it on for New West scoring off a Haiden Dickson pass at 13:26, followed by Haiden Dickson scoring unassisted at 15:05. Ethan Forgrave (1g,0a) finished a Taggart Clark pass at 18:03 for the Timbermen to end the period.

After two periods, Salmonbellies 12 Nanaimo 7

Third Period:

Nanaimo was working their way back into the game scoring first when David Byrne (1g,1a) converted a Jarrett Smith pass at 4:36, followed by Adam Weideman (1g,1a) scoring off a David Byrne pass just 0:14 seconds later, to make the score 12-9 in favor of New Westminster.

The rest of the period was back and forth yielding many opportunities, but no goals until with just 0:45 seconds left, Jimmy McBride (1g,0a) put an exclamation point on the game for the Salmonbellies.

Final score, New Westminster 13 Nanaimo 9.

The Three Stars:

  • First Star………..Mitch Jones
  • Second Star……Jordan McBride
  • Third Star……….Zach Higgins

Game Stats:

  • Nanaimo outshot New Westminster 43-29.
  • Faceoffs were on favor of the Salmonbellies 10-7
  • New Westminster was able to score twice on the power play, while Nanaimo scored once on the power play.

Top Scorers:


Mitch Jones 5g, 3a
Jordan McBride 3g, 2a
Haiden Dickson 3g, 2a


Taggart Clark 2g, 2a
Jon Phillips 0g, 4a
Evan Messenger 1g, 2a

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

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.