Junior Timbermen take on Shamrocks

The junior A Nanaimo Timbermen will try to mow down the Victoria Shamrocks tonight (May 19) in Nanaimo.

The junior A Nanaimo Timbermen will try to mow down the Victoria Shamrocks.

Vancouver Island’s two B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League squads meet for the first time this regular season tonight (May 19) in Nanaimo.

“It always builds a lot of energy,” said Kyle Couling, Timbermen coach. “And being from the Island, all these guys have played against each other for years, so there’s a really good rivalry there, and that’s a motivator for a lot of these guys.”

The Timbermen have raised their game of late, led by some of their returning college players, the coach said. Still, Nanaimo will go into tonight’s matchup as the underdog.

“That leads us to being hungrier, I think,” Couling said. “If … we want it more and we play physically and all give 100 per cent, then we’d like to take the ‘W.’”

On Saturday, the T-men won their third-straight game, defeating the Port Coquitlam Saints by a 13-8 score. Alec Molander and Cole Kryworuchka each had hat tricks for Nanaimo, Darrin Wilson had two goals and two assists and other scorers were Dane Sorensen, Connor Leies, Cody Short, Monty Chisholm and Brett Hawrys. Jerryd Jensen was the winning goalie.

GAME ON … The Timbermen and Shamrocks face off tonight at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena and tickets will be available at the door … The T-men hosted the Port Coquitlam Saints on Saturday after press time.

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