New Westminster Salmonbellies player Mack Burns is checked by Nanaimo Timbermen opponent Kyle Dawson during a game June 8 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Jr. A Timbermen experiencing ‘highs and lows’ in lacrosse box

Nanaimo’s BCJALL team suffers losses to follow up huge wins

The junior A Nanaimo Timbermen, after two huge wins earlier this month, had a bit of a lapse.

The B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League squad, after sweeping the defending-champion Coquitlam Adanacs in a homestand to start the month, lost to the Adanacs on the road 17-12 June 5, lost to the New Westminster Salmonbellies Saturday at home, 10-8, lost to the Langley Thunder on the road, 10-9, then lost to the Victoria Shamrocks Tuesday at home, 15-12.

Dave Bremner, coach of the Timbermen, talked about “the highs and lows of a young team” last week.

“We’ve got to keep a level head and stick with our game plan and continue to execute at our level and push our pace and our game style,” he said.

Bremner said he hopes the good results against teams like the Adanacs can help the development of the team over the course of the season.

“The ability to play with the top dogs in Canada is a huge confidence boost for a young team like ours and moving forward, we hope we can … continue to beat some of the top clubs and win tie-break situations and stuff like that to improve our chances of getting into the playoffs.”

In this week’s loss to the Shamrocks, Thomas Vaesen scored four goals and added three assists and Colton Lidstone had a hat trick and four assists. Ryan Sheridan scored twice and added five assists and Cole Christiaens had two and two.

GAME ON … The junior A Timbermen have a bye week, then host the Thunder on June 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre and visit the Burnaby Lakers on June 23.

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