The junior Timbermen had a chance to start the 2013 season by knocking off the defending champs.
It didn’t happen – Nanaimo lost 12-9 to the Coquitlam Adanacs on Saturday on the mainland – and the junior T-men won’t be satisfied with just being competitive.
Brad Dougan, the team’s new coach, said he doesn’t want his guys to accept losing.
“My big thing is, be pissed off that we lost,” he said. “We’ve got to move on and learn.”
The game was tied until six minutes to go in the third period. The T-men went on the power play, but gave up two quick short-handed markers.
“We held on for 55 minutes and we had a chance to win and we shot ourselves in the foot, so that was a bit disappointing,” Dougan said.
“I know our team’s fit and we can run with anybody, it’s just that we’ve got to execute a little bit better when we get the chance to.”
Brett Hawrys led Nanaimo with a hat trick, Mitch Parker had two goals and two assists and Ryan Hanna, Andrew Miller, Corey Shires and Tyson Fair scored the other goals. Shots were 51-38 for the home team.
GAME ON … Nanaimo plays the Delta Islanders on Saturday (May 4) at 5 p.m. at Parksville’s Oceanside Place. The next day the T-men visit the New Westminster Salmonbellies.