The new-look Nanaimo DBL Timbermen hope they now have all the pieces they need for a run to the President’s Cup.
The city’s senior B lacrosse team showed positive returns in its first game after the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association trade deadline, defeating the Langley Warriors 11-5 on the mainland.
“The guys played good defensively, we had a real good fast break going. Offensively we worked hard,” said Roger Dubyna, the team’s coach.
“Guys are communicating well, the veteran guys with the new guys that we’ve got.”
Dylan Benard, one of the team’s trade-deadline acquisitions, scored four goals on Tuesday to lead the T-men. Riley Kemp added a hat trick, Jordan Jarvis had two goals and two helpers, and Ryan Clark and Aaron Vanderhorst were Nanaimo’s other scorers.
New backup goalie Dan Ormiston made 20 saves for the win and also had two assists in his debut.
The other new player added this week was Reid MacPhail. With those additions plus last month’s signing of George Westwood, the fifth-place DBL men are ready to make that final push going into the post-season.
“I don’t know if we can catch third, we’ve got an outside chance,” Dubyna said. “But I’d like to get fourth, anyway, and then we have home floor for that first round.”
GAME ON … Nanaimo (7-5) hosts the Ladner Pioneers (8-2) on Saturday (July 9) at 7 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Look for a preview tomorrow at www.nanaimobulletin.com.