Awful first period sinks DBL Timbermen

The Nanaimo DBL Timbermen weren’t ready for opening faceoff and that killed them.

The senior B lacrosse team was defeated 14-8 by the Ladner Pioneers on Thursday on the mainland after getting outscored 9-1 in the first period.

“We were brutal in all facets of the game,” said Roger Dubyna, the team’s coach. “Not having played for the last week and a half, it looked like it.”

The Timbermen brought over a decent-sized lineup, so that wasn’t the problem, said the coach. But they didn’t have a great warmup prior to game time and that carried over.

The DBL squad got better over the last 40 minutes of the game.

“We settled in and started to play after that,” Dubyna said. “We were a lot better defensively, not anywhere near as many missed assignments, and offensively we moved the ball better.”

Both teams took their share of penalties, with the Timbermen initiating most of the rough stuff.

Aaron Vanderhorst led Nanaimo’s offence with two goals and two assists and Shane Chalker and B.J. Potter also had two-goal games. Myles Jeffers had a goal and two assists and Riley Kemp had Nanaimo’s other goal. New addition Jordan Jarvis had three assists and Mike Maughan added a pair of helpers. Danny Walters suffered the loss in goal, making 28 saves.

GAME ON … The Nanaimo DBL Timbermen play the Langley Warriors on Sunday (May 29) at 5:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.