The Maple Ridge Burrards hosted the Nanaimo Timbermen at Cam Neely Arena in the final game of Week 2 in the WLA. The Burrards quickly became the talk of the league in Week 1, winning their first two games after having just one win all of last year. The Timbermen are also loaded with up and coming talent. However, some personnel not available as they were still playing in the NLL Finals. Nevertheless, it was the Timbermen talent that excelled tonight, holding Maple Ridge scoreless in the second period to emerge with an 8-5 win. Nanaimo levels their record at 2-2, while Maple Ridge (2-1) suffers their first loss of the year.
Timbermen use mid-game run to take control of game
Maple Ridge seized the early lead with goals from Ryan Jones (2:58; extra attacker) and Garret Winter (6:35). Over ten minutes would pass before Nanaimo finally got on the board, with Kyle Playsted (16:57) finding the back of the net. Dylan McIntosh pushed the Burrards lead back to two just 30 seconds later, but the Timbermen responded with a six-goal run that extended into the late stages of the third period.
Jon Phillips (19:12 power play) and Jerrett Smith (19:42) tied the game at 3 before the first period buzzer. The Timbermen then got second quarter goals from Taggart Clark (2:23), Will Johansen (6:09), and Zach Manns (19:28). Conversely, Maple Ridge was unable to solve Nanaimo goaltender Justin Geddie in the middle frame, and trailed 6-3 with 20 minutes left to play.
The third period remained scoreless for over 16 minutes until Evan Soucy (16:12) extended the Timbermen’s lead to 7-3. The Burrards mounted a late charge, with Peytin Wallace (17:24) and McIntosh’s second (17:43; extra attacker) closing the gap to 7-5. Smith struck again for Nanaimo at the 18:52 mark to close the scoring, as Maple Ridge could not rally further.
Other Stats of Note
Geddie made 41 saves on the night, earning 1st Star of the Game honors. Jones (1g, 2a) earned 2nd Star honors for the Burrards. Smith (2g) was named 3rd Star of the Game.
Shots: Nanaimo 46; Maple Ridge 46
For the Timbermen, Manns, Clark, Colton Lidstone, and Adam Wiedemann each had 2 assists
Brandon Humphrey got the start in net for Maple Ridge, turning aside 38 shots in the loss
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