The Nanaimo DBL Timbermen got their first win of what they hope will be a championship playoff run.
The city’s senior B lacrosse team defeated the Port Moody Thunder 11-8 on Wednesday at Frank Crane Arena in Game 1 of the teams’ best-of-three series.
“The game was a little up and down consistency-wise, but we had a really, really strong third period so that was nice to see,” said Mike Maughan, the team’s coach.
Nanaimo was down a goal going into the third period, but scored six in the final frame. Maughan said his team executed better in the third.
“Once we got a couple quick ones, that really changed not only the momentum but the mood on the bench,” he said.
Ryan Forslund led the offence with two goals and three assists, Kyle Noble had two and two and Jon Diplock also scored a pair. Matt Maughan, Rick Fields, Joey Fendick, Brad Jones and Trevor Walton scored the other goals and Gabe Sutherland finished with four assists. Ray Hodgkinson was the winning goalie, making 27 stops.
The Thunder were without some of their top scorers, but did bring a full bench.
“No matter what lineup they throw at us, as long as we play our best game we should be fine,” Maughan said.
GAME ON … Game 2 of the series will be played this afternoon in Coquitlam, and the rubber match, if necessary, will be Sunday (July 29) at 6 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.