Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
The Nanaimo Timbermen picked up a big 15-11 road win over the usually dangerous New Westminster Salmonbellies on Thursday night.
Nanaimo got off to a quick start, outscoring the Salmonbellies 6-2 in the first period, which would prove to be the difference in the game. Jon Phillips put up a seven-point night with a hat trick and four assists. The Timbermen used nine different goalscorers.
Meanwhile, it was a different story for New Westminster. They only got offence from five goalscorers and relied heavily on Jordan McBride with five goals and two assists.
Quick start for the Timbermen
The first several minutes of this game were kept close. Phillips opened the scoring at the 4:46 mark, but the Salmonbellies replied with a goal from McBride at 6:54.
The floodgates opened starting at 7:25 of the first period, when Phillips scored to start a four-goal run for the Timbermen. Also finding the back of the net was Zach Manns, and two from Teioshontateh McComber.
Haiden Dickson would stop the run for New Westminster at 16:42. The Salmonbellies would pull Zach Higgins in the dying seconds of the first period, but Will Johansen would find the back of the empty net at the buzzer to make it 6-2 for the Timbermen.
New Westminster attempts a comeback
The Salmonbellies narrowed the lead to two goals after McBride and Ilija Gajic found the back of the net to open the score quarter.
Any momentum was snuffed out after a roughing penalty by McBride led to a power-play goal from Manns at 7:26 to make it 7-4 for the road team.
McBride would continue to singlehandedly get New Westminster back in the game. He scored 57 seconds later, but Manns replied 15 seconds after that.
The two teams continued to exchange goals. McBride scored on the power play at 10:40 only for Phillips to add a power-play marker at 11:51. Twenty-two seconds later Jason Jones scored for the Salmonbellies, but Jerrett Smith would round at the second period scoring for Nanaimo. The Timbermen held a 10-7 advantage heading into the second intermissions.
Timbermen outscore Salmonbellies 5-4 in the third
The Timbermen extended their lead at 2:26 of the third period with a goal from Ethan Forgrave. New Westminster would try to grab momentum back with a two-goal run with goals from Justin Salt and Haiden Dickson to make it 11-9 for Nanaimo.
Despite having Tyson Roe in the box for holding, Ethan Ticehurst would score shorthanded for Nanaimo. At 9:14, McBridge would score on the power play and Salt would score 32 seconds later to get New Westminster back within one 12-11. But that’s as close as the Salmonbellies would get.
Manns and Adam Wiedemann would pick up goals and Roe would score on the open net with 1:52 left to play to put New Westminster away.
Charles Claxton picked up the win for the Timbermen, stopping 33 of 44 shots. Zach Higgins was busy in goal for the Salmonbellies continued as he stopped 50 of 63 shots.
The win moves the Timbermen to 2-2 so far this season, while New Westminster slid down to 1-3.
Jon Phillips, 3g 4a
Zach Mann, 4g 1a
Jerret Smith, 1g 4a
New Westminster Salmonbellies
Jordan McBride, 5g 2a
Jason Jones, 1g 4a
Haiden Dickson, 2g 2a
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.