Zach Manns scores game-winner to keep Timbermen in the first-place hunt

Zach Manns scored an empty-net goal with 33 seconds left in the game as the Nanaimo Timbermen defeated the Burnaby Lakers 11-10 on Tuesday night.

The win keeps the Timbermen within striking distance of first place as the regular season winds down. Nanaimo sits at 12-5, while the Langley Thunder are 13-4 and the New Westminster Salmonbellies sit at 13-3. Nanaimo finishes its season on Saturday again New Westminster in what could be a crucial game.

Justin Geddie picked up the win between the pipes for the Timbermen, stopping 44 of 54 shots. Keegan Melenychuk nearly helped Burnaby pull off the upset as he made 42 saves in the loss.

Lakers take first-period lead

Conrad Chapman got Nanaimo on the board first in this game 1:12 into the first period on transition.

Burnaby replied with a three-goal run. Jacob Dunbar scored at 2:13 followed by Ty Ewen at 5:24 to give the Lakers a 2-1 lead. Twenty-five seconds later, Toron Eccleston added to the tally to put Burnaby up by two.

Brett McIntyre added a pair of goals midway through the first period as Nanaimo was able to knot it up 3-3.

The Lakers answered right back with Laszlo Henning scoring shorthanded with 3:18 left on the clock. Dunbar followed that up 33 seconds later to make it 5-3.

Colton Lidstone scored on the empty net with 2:00 left in the period as the Timbermen trailed 5-4 at the first intermission.

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Timbermen battle back

Ethan Ticehurst tied up the game with a transition goal 45 seconds into the second period as Nanaimo began to battle back.

Henning found the back of the net 46 seconds later as Burnaby continued to try and play spoiler.

Manns tied it up again with 2:13 on the clock. Ryan Sheridan would then score to give Nanaimo the lead. Both teams scored a total of four goals in the first 3:07 of the second period.

Eccleston’s hot hand continued as he scored two more to put Burnaby back ahead 8-7.

With 1:22 left on the clock, Jon Phillips took a pass from Manns and buried it to tie the game up 8-8 heading into the third period.

Manns the man

Ticehurst again scored unassisted to open the third period and give Nanaimo their third lead of the game.

Connor Watson tied to right back up at 6:49 to keep Burnaby in the game.

A pair of future Saskatchewan Rush teammates would put Nanaimo over the top. Jerret Smith made it 10-9 for the Timbermen at 8:31. Manns would then score in the empty net with 33 seconds left on the clock.

Burnaby pulled their goal for the extra attacker, trying to get the equalizers. Connor Goodwin scored with 23 seconds on the clock to make it 11-10 but the Lakers wouldn’t be able to tie it up.

Three Stars

  1. Zach Manns, Nanaimo Timbermen
  2. Toron Eccleston, Burnaby Lakers
  3. Justin Geddie, Nanaimo Timbermen

Top Scorers

Nanaimo Timbermen

Zach Mann, 2g 2a

Colton Lidstone, 1g 2a

Brett McIntyre, 2g 1a

Jon Phillips, 1g 2a

Ethan Ticehurst, 2g 1a

Burnaby Lakers

Toron Eccelston, 3g 2a

Jacob Dunbar, 2g 2a

Connor Watson, 1g 3a

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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.