Senior B Nanaimo Timbermen player Travis Mickelson takes a shot on goal during Wednesday’s WCSLA game against the Victoria Wolves at Frank Crane Arena. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Senior B Timbermen finish strong in win over Wolves

Nanaimo’s senior B team defeated Victoria 9-3 on Wednesday in WCSLA action at Frank Crane Arena

The Timbermen tamed the Wolves in an all-Island lacrosse matchup this week.

Nanaimo’s senior B team defeated Victoria 9-3 on Wednesday night in West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association action at Frank Crane Arena.

The game was 5-3 after two periods, but the T-men turned a close contest into a convincing victory by the end of the night.

Darrin Wilson scored four goals including three in the third period.

“I think we were just disciplined,” he said. “They spent a lot of time in the third period in the penalty box and that really benefited us. Our power play was banging goals in like nothing. And our defence was just standing on their head, [goaltender] Danny Walters had an outstanding night in net. So it was a really good team effort and we were just able to pull away.”

Mike Maughan, Timbermen coach, said with goaltending and defence strong all game long, the team had all facets working once the offence started to come through in the third.

“Our offence had to work on a few kinks on how to break down their defence and once we kind of figured those things out, the rest of it took care of itself,” he said.

He said the Timbermen earned their power-play opportunities as their hard work forced the Wolves into taking some penalties.

“You’re sacrificing the body to [draw] a penalty, and then to capitalize on it, it’s just huge for momentum,” Wilson said. “The defence feeds off that as well and it just helps the whole team.”

Aside from Wilson’s four-goal effort, the T-men got a pair from Travis Mickelson, and Corey Shires had a goal and three assists. Ryan Forslund and Graham Palmer were other scorers and Andrew Miller had four helpers. Walters made 30 saves as shots were 41-33 in favour of the home team.

GAME ON … Nanaimo has the long weekend off, then heads off on the road the following weekend (May 26-27) for games against the Langley Warriors and Ladner Pioneers, respectively. Next home action isn’t until June 3.

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