Acme T-men lose ‘uphill battle’

The Nanaimo Acme Painting Timbermen might have had a chance against the rival Ladner Pioneers, but they ran out of steam.

The Nanaimo Acme Painting Timbermen might have had a chance against the rival Ladner Pioneers, but they ran out of steam.

The city’s West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association squad lost 9-4 to the Ladner Pioneers on Thursday in Delta.

Midweek games always make it tough for the T-men to gather a full roster, and they had only 13 runners for the game.

“Which is tough, especially going into a place like Ladner,” said Mike Maughan, the team’s coach. “But the guys that were there, my hat’s off to them, they battled unbelievably well.”

With an undermanned roster, the Timbermen buckled down defensively and depended on goalie Danny Walters, who kept his team in the game. Nanaimo actually led 4-3 going into the third period.

“And then [we] pretty much ran out of gas,” said Maughan. “We had nothing left in the third period.”

The Acme T-men have the long weekend off and should be refreshed afterward.

“We’ll look forward to kind of getting back on track a little bit,” said the coach. “And hopefully emphasize at next practice how important it is [to have a full roster]. We know how capable we are. When we go over with 13, a couple more guys could have made the difference. Because we pretty much held our own, but with 13 runners, you’re fighting an uphill battle.”

GAME ON … The T-men host the Port Moody Thunder Saturday (May 25) at 6:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre … Walters wasn’t suspended after his triple game-misconduct in a game earlier this month because the WCSLA has a threshold of five game misconducts before it hands down a suspension.

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