Timbermen Pick Up Desperately Needed Win Over Salmonbellies

The Nanaimo Timbermen hosted the New Westminster Salmonbellies on Sunday evening and picked up a desperately needed win 15-6.

It was the Timbermen’s second win of the season as they are trying to keep pace with the rest of the pack in the WLA standings. They are chasing down the Langley Thunder, Maple Ridge Burrards and Burnaby Lakers who have three wins a piece.

Nanaimo switched up their goaltending situation on Sunday night and went with Colby Bowman over Devlin Shanahan. Bowman stopped 34 of 40 shots in the victory.

Justin Geddie got the start for the Salmonbellies but got the curtain call with 22:39 minutes played after giving up nine goals out of 33 shots. Neil Tyacke came in relief and stopped 21 of 27 shots in 37:01 of work.

The Timbermen were led by Zach Manns, Jason Knox and Taggart Clark, who all had hat tricks in the Timbermen’s victory.

Timbermen’s Offence Comes To Life

The Nanaimo Timbermen made a statement early in this game. Taggart Clark scored unassisted 34 seconds into the game. He found the back of the net again at the 3:11 mark on the power play to make it 2-0. Manns scored unassisted as the Salmonbellies found themselves down three goals only 5:41 into the game.

Luke Pilcher got New Westminster on the board at 8:30 but the celebration was short-lived. Colton Lidstone scored 30 seconds later to start another three-goal run for Nanaimo.

Manns buried a feed from Nate Wade shorthanded to put Nanaimo up 5-1. Jerrett Smith then scored on a solo effort at 15:01 to make it a five-goal game.

Will Malcom, who was relatively silent this game, scored New Westminster’s second goal with 3:14 on the clock. However, Lidstone scored a buzzer-beater to make the score 7-2 for the Timbermen.

Nanaimo Doesn’t Let Up

Nanaimo continued their dominance into the second period. Jason Knox scored 40 seconds into the frame to extend the Timbermen’s lead to six.

Pilcher put one past Bowman 1:04 later to make it an 8-3 game. Nanaimo would then put the game out of reach with a four-goal run.

Manns capitalized off an assist from Lukas Olsson at 2:59 followed by Riley Aresnault scoring at 6:47. Knox made it 11-3 on the power play at the 14:18 mark and Jacob Power scored unassisted at 15:21.

New Westminster rounded out the scoring with Pilcher finding the back of the net with 53 seconds left, but the Timbermen had a commanding 12-4 lead heading into the third.

A Desperately Needed Win For The Timbermen

Nanaimo scored New Westminster 3-2 in the final period to pick up the victory.

Clark scored on the power play at 2:20. Knox followed that up at 6:35 as the Timbermen went up 14-4.

New Westminster capitalized on a Clark roughing penalty at 14:06. Austin Ducommun scored with the man advantage to bring the Salmonbellies within nine.

Jerrett Smith scored his second of the game at 15:54 to restore the 10-goal lead. Malcom scored late for the Salmonbellies to round out the scoring with 2:46 on the clock, but the Timbermen held on for the desperately needed win 15-6.

Top Scorers

Nanaimo Timbermen

Zach Manns, 3g 3a

Colton Lidstone, 2g 2a

Jason Knox, 3g 1a

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Luke Pilcher, 3g 3a

Will Malcom, 2g 1a

Austin Ducommun, 1g

Toru Morimatsu, 1a

Ryan Martel, 1a

Three Stars

  1. Zach Manns, Nanaimo Timbermen
  2. Taggart Clark, Nanaimo Timbermen
  3. Luke Pilcher, 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.