DBL Timbermen face tough test

Thursday’s home game against the Tri-City Bandits (3-0) is a big one, say the senior B Nanaimo Timbermen.

Nanaimo DBL Timbermen player Shawn Swanson

Nanaimo DBL Timbermen player Shawn Swanson

The Nanaimo DBL Timbermen still don’t really know where they stand.

The city’s senior B lacrosse team (2-2) has lost twice to an undefeated team, and has picked up victories against winless teams.

So Thursday night’s home game against the Tri-City Bandits (3-0) is a big one, said T-men coach Mike Maughan.

“We know we have the ability to compete with anybody, whether it be Ladner or Tri-City, even though we haven’t seen them yet,” he said. “It’s just a matter of bringing your game up to the next level.”

A good team like the Bandits, said Maughan, will capitalize on mistakes and will take advantage of power-play situations.

“Tri-City always has a really competitive team; they’re a really smart team, a really disciplined team.”

So the DBL men will keep that in mind, and they’ll also try to get their game legs right away tonight. So far this season Nanaimo has had a slow start in all its games.

“It’s just about trying to get the guys more mentally prepared, maybe having a stronger warmup and getting a little bit more focused instead of scrambling around before the game’s starting,” said Maughan.

GAME ON … The T-men and Bandits face off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (May 17) at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Tickets are $7 at the door … The DBL men recently signed former senior A Timbermen Brad Dougan and Graeme Ross.


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