The two points in the standings were most important, but the Nanaimo DBL Timbermen get some style points, too, for their win Tuesday in Langley.
The city’s West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association team completed a comeback to defeat the Warriors 9-8 on the mainland.
Some scheduling confusion meant much of the game had to be played run-time so that the Timbermen could catch the ferry back to Nanaimo afterward. So when the T-men ran into some penalty trouble and fell behind early, it was cause for alarm.
“With the periods going by real quick, we really didn’t get a lot of time to work ourselves out of the trouble we got into,” said Mike Maughan, T-men coach. “We turned it on and sorted it out just in time.”
The game-tying goal from Ryan Clark proved crucial.
“He scored between his legs while running backwards,” Maughan said. “It was quite the goal and the spirits got back up. We realized we could have fun and exert our authority on these guys.”
Jon Diplock followed with the game-winner, as his shot bounced around in the crease before the Warriors accidently knocked it into their own goal.
Diplock and Russell Thomas finished with two goals each and Gabe Sutherland had a goal and two helpers. Shawn Swanson, Joey Fendick and Cam Comeau were the other scorers and Pat Mallough was the winning goalie.
GAME ON … The DBL Timbermen host the Ladner Pioneers tonight (June 7) at 7:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre … The Pioneers defeated the T-men 11-7 on Thursday in Ladner. Thomas had two goals and a three assists in that game and Fendick, Ryan Dietterle, Rick Fields, Brent Holness and Diplock were the other scorers.