The Nanaimo Acme Timbermen are right near the top of the standings, but they still intend to get better.
The city’s senior B lacrosse team returns to the floor this Saturday (June 15) and Sunday after nearly a two-week break.
“It was nice to heal up some bodies and kind of go back to basics,” said Shawn Swanson, the team’s general manager. “The record, we’re happy with, but our play, we could get quite a bit better. There’s definitely a lot of room for improvement on some of the sloppy play.”
The GM was busy over the break signing two more players to the roster. Russell Thomas – who was one of the team’s best players during last summer’s playoff run – returns, and the Acme T-men also signed goaltender Nick Patterson. Patterson is a senior A veteran who also has National Lacrosse League experience.
Swanson said all the guys are fine with a three-man goaltending unit.
“We carried three goalies last year,” said the GM. “We prefer to do that – you get more goalies in practice, more goalies available for all games and when you’re going into a playoff run you want to make sure that if one … goes down with an injury or is not playing up to standard, you’ve got that third goalie.”
The Timbermen look forward to the home games this weekend, as it’s an opportunity to build on their shiny record in front of their home fans and showcase all the talent they have this season.
“We’re deep with quality ball players,” Swanson said. “Every guy can catch and pass and run and score.”
GAME ON … The Acme Painting Timbermen (6-1) host the North Shore Indians (3-3-1-1) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Sunday’s game against the Langley Warriors (2-6-0-1) is a 5 p.m. faceoff at the NIC. Tickets will be available at the door.