Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
The Nanaimo Timbermen picked up a big 13-7 win on Saturday night over the Lakers from Burnaby to keep pace with the top teams in the WLA standings.
The win put the Timbermen in a tie for third place with a record of 3-4. They share the spot with the Langley Thunder with a 3-2 record.
The Coquitlam Adanacs (5-2) and the Victoria Shamrocks (4-1) continue to lead the pack.
Timbermen dominate first period
Nanaimo got off to a quick start to this game, outscoring Burnaby 6-1 in the first quarter. Justin Geddie was outstanding in the first stanza for the Timbermen, stopping 12 of the first 13 shots he faced.
Evan Messenger opened the scoring 29 seconds into the game to make it 1-0 Nanaimo. Taggart Clark scored 1:16 later to extend the lead.
Sekawnee Baker got the Lakers on the board at 6:05 before the Timbermen capped off the period with a four-goal run. Tyson Roe scored a pair to make it 4-1 for Nanaimo. Teioshontateh McComber scored at the 17:22 mark and Clark added another 21 seconds later.
The Timbermen held a 6-1 lead after the first period.
Timbermen continue to pour it on in the second
Nanaimo would put up six more goals in the second period, as they began to run away with the game.
Graden Soucy opened the second period scoring for the Timbermen at the 3:36 mark. It was cap off a five-goal run between the first and second periods for the Timbermen.
Philip Buque would get the Lakers back on the board 34 seconds later to make the score 7-2.
The Timbermen went on a three-goal run starting at 5:03 to extend their lead to eight goals. Scoring for Nanaimo was Ethan Forgrave, Zach Manns and Ethan Ticehurst.
The Lakers would stop the bleeding at 14:17 on the power play with a goal from Buque. Connor Watson would add another for Burnaby at 15:10, but they still trailed the Timbermen 10-4.
Power play goals from Manns and Jon Phillips would restore Nanaimo’s eight-goal cushion. A shorthanded marker from Trevayne Hunter at 17:41 for the Lakers would round at the second-period scoring. The Timbermen held a 12-5 lead heading into the third period.
Early deficit proves to be too much for the Lakers
The Lakers found a little bit of a spark in the third period. Pearson Willis opened the scoring at 9:21 to cut Nanaimo’s lead in half 12-6.
Pearson would add another on the power play at 10:19, but that’s about all she wrote for the Lakers.
Phillips would score shorthanded at 12:03 for the Timbermen for good measure to make the final 13-7.
- Tyson Roe, Nanaimo
- Taggart Clark, Nanaimo
- Justin Geddie, Nanaimo
Taggart Clark, 2g 2a
Colton Lidstone, 3a
Zach Manns, 2g 1a
Jon Phillips, 2g 1a
Connor Watson, 1g 2a
Philip Buque, 2g
Pearson Willis, 2g
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.