The Nanaimo DBL Timbermen are through to the semifinals after sweeping through the first round of the playoffs. The city’s West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association team defeated the Port Moody Thunder two games to none in the best-of-three series.
Nanaimo won Game 1 by an 11-8 score on Thursday at Frank Crane Arena, then handled the Thunder 8-3 on Saturday afternoon in Coquitlam.
Nanaimo’s series-clinching 8-3 victory over Port Moody came Saturday on the road, led by a 52-save performance by goaltender Ray Hodgkinson.
“We really brought it together on Saturday and probably played one of our best games of the year from start to finish,” said Shawn Swanson, player and general manager. “Defence kept all their shots to the outside and Ray had his best game of the year by far. And we got some secondary scoring.”
Jon Diplock’s hat trick led the offence and Russell Thomas had two goals and four assists. Ryan Clark also scored a pair and Swanson had Nanaimo’s other tally.
Getting past a capable Thunder team might serve the T-men well in the WCSLA semifinals, as they take on a No. 1-seeded Bandits squad that wasn’t really challenged in Round 1.
“I like being in that position, playing a good team, having to play from start to finish in each game and not just blowing a team out,” Swanson said.
GAME ON … The T-men and Bandits play Game 1 of their best-of-three series Monday on the mainland. Game 2 goes Wednesday (Aug. 1) in a 7:30 p.m. start at Frank Crane Arena. Game 3 hasn’t yet been scheduled but would probably be played Thursday, if necessary.