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Junior Timbermen start with positives

Nanaimo Timbermen junior A lacrosse player Ryan Nicks, right, finds running room during Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Victoria Shamrocks at Fuller Lake Arena in Chemainus. The T-men juniors won 9-8. - NIOMI PEARSON/Black Press
Nanaimo Timbermen junior A lacrosse player Ryan Nicks, right, finds running room during Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Victoria Shamrocks at Fuller Lake Arena in Chemainus. The T-men juniors won 9-8.
— image credit: NIOMI PEARSON/Black Press

The Nanaimo Timbermen were as curious as anyone as to how they might fare their first time out on the floor.

As it turned out, the juniors were just fine – the T-men defeated the Victoria Shamrocks 9-8 on Wednesday night in a B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League exhibition game at Fuller Lake Arena in Chemainus.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” said Dale Nicks, coach of the Timbermen. “I told the kids in the dressing room at the end of the game that I was just hoping we were going to be able to compete for 60 minutes.”

He said his players were “gripping their sticks a little tight” early in the game, but managed a 2-1 edge after 20 minutes.

“Guys were … maybe taking on their man with their head down quite a bit in the first period and not seeing everybody on the floor,” said Nicks. “As we started to get into the latter two periods, some of the guys were starting to have their heads up.”

Corey Shires scored his second goal of the game in the second period to help his team to a 7-6 lead. In the third period Paul Brebber scored the game-winning goal to make it 9-7 and though the Shamrocks scored with a minute left, the Timbermen hung on.

Pete Dubenski and former Shamrocks goalie Cory Mayzes both played half the game. Both were “outstanding”, said the coach, and he said the defence was fairly consistent.

There are still areas to work on, Nicks said. His team was short on left-handers on Wednesday so the offence didn’t have the sort of balance it might have most nights. The coach also wants his players to limit their undisciplined penalties and improve their conditioning.

GAME ON … Next action for the Nanaimo Timbermen junior A lacrosse team is April 28, when it hosts the Coquitlam Adanacs at 5 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena in the first game of the BCJALL regular season. Tickets are available at the team’s office on Boxwood Road.

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