“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk – All Lacrosse All The Time, a Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
Game 4 of the WLA semifinal between the Nanaimo Timbermen and the Coquitlam Adanacs played out Friday night at Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo. Coquitlam was looking to stay alive in their first WLA playoff appearance since 2013. Meanwhile, Nanaimo looked to complete the four-game sweep. Behind another outstanding performance in net from Devlin Shanahan, the Timbermen beat the Adanacs 9-7 to advance to the WLA Finals.
Timbermen take narrow lead in first
Jon Phillips opened the scoring, giving the Timbermen a 1-0 lead 1:16 into the game. Four minutes later, Riley Loewen equalized for Coquitlam. Nanaimo then went on a three-goal run. Nick Finlay (8:16), Lidstone (12:26; power play), and Clark (13:45) found the back of the net for a 4-1 lead. Back-to-back goals from Adanacs forward Clark Walter (14:15; 17:50) closed the gap to one, igniting a four-goal Coquitlam run into the second period.
Adanacs keep it tight in second
Coquitlam’s run continued when Nanaimo defenseman Will Johansen took a five-minute elbowing major early in the second period. Adam Dickson converted on the power play at 0:49 to tie the game. Dylan Watson (11:33) then gave Coquitlam a 5-4 lead. Lidstone (12:27) netted his second, followed by Teioshontateh McComber (14:03) taking a feed from Lidstone to restore a one-goal lead for the Timbermen. Watson (17:28) tallied his second goal to tie the game at 6 heading into the second intermission.
Timbermen close out the series
Loewen’s second goal of the game (2:52) gave the Adanacs the lead once again. However, Nanaimo would close the game on another three-goal run to punch their ticket to the finals. Adam Wiedemann, the co-Defensive Player of the Year, tied the game at 6:12. Hiana (Jerome) Thompson gave the Timbermen the lead for good at 15:07. Lastly, Clark’s second goal of the game (18:36) provided a measure of insurance. The Timbermen will meet the winner of the other semifinal series between Langley and Victoria, which is currently tied 2-2 with Game 5 in Langley Saturday evening.
Three Stars of the Game
1st Star: Colton Lidstone (Nanaimo): 2g, 2a
2nd Star: Brett McIntyre (Coquitlam): 6a
3rd Star: Taggart Clark (Nanaimo): 2g, 1a
Other Stats of Note
Shots: Coquitlam 50; Nanaimo 62
Devlin Shanahan (Nanaimo): 43 saves; 0.860 sv %
Tyler Garrison (Coquitlam): 15 of 17 on faceoffs
Walter/Loewen/Watson (Coquitlam): 2g, 1a each
Christian Del Bianco (Coquitlam): 53 saves; 0.855 sv %
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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.