DBL T-men on brink after loss

The city’s senior B lacrosse team lost to the Ladner Pioneers 9-5 on Tuesday at Frank Crane Arena, putting the T-men on the brink of elimination going into Game 3 tonight (July 27).

Nanaimo DBL Timbermen player Kyle Noble drives to the net for a shot on goal against the Ladner Pioneers on Tuesday night at Frank Crane Arena. The T-men lost 9-5 to find themselves on the brink of elimination from the playoffs.

Nanaimo DBL Timbermen player Kyle Noble drives to the net for a shot on goal against the Ladner Pioneers on Tuesday night at Frank Crane Arena. The T-men lost 9-5 to find themselves on the brink of elimination from the playoffs.

The Nanaimo DBL Timbermen are looking to turn the series around at the last moment.

The city’s senior B lacrosse team lost to the Ladner Pioneers 9-5 on Tuesday at Frank Crane Arena, putting the T-men on the brink of elimination going into Game 3 tonight (July 27).

Tuesday’s game was within reach, as the score was 6-4 for a long stretch early in the third period with the ball in the Pioneers’ end.

“We’re getting lots of shots and lots of good shots. We had four or five different posts tonight,” said Brad Jones, captain of the DBL men.

“They don’t feel like a tough team; they’re not the Ladner we’re used to in past seasons. They’re not aggressive, they’re easy to check, they just have two really good goal scorers.”

The Pioneers’ primary advantage in the series has been its odd-man play.

“Defensively we’re playing pretty strong,” Jones said. “There’s a few breakdowns on the short man that we could avoid by simply not taking penalties.”

Joey Fendick scored three first-period goals for the Timbermen on Tuesday, but the team could only manage a goal each from Jordan Jarvis and Kyle Noble the rest of the way. Shawn Swanson and Luke MacNeil had two assists each. With No. 1 goalie Danny Walters out with injury, Sten Lundgren got the start and made 31 stops in defeat.

GAME ON … Game 4, if necessary, will be Tuesday (Aug. 2) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.

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