New Westminster Salmonbellies player Rowan Birrell, left, is checked by Nanaimo Timbermen player Graden Soucy during Sunday’s Western Lacrosse Association game at Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

New Westminster Salmonbellies player Rowan Birrell, left, is checked by Nanaimo Timbermen player Graden Soucy during Sunday’s Western Lacrosse Association game at Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Timbermen blow out opponents for back-to-back wins

Senior A squad climbs to .500 in Western Lacrosse Association play

The senior A Nanaimo Timbermen scored two convincing wins on their home floor this past weekend.

The T-men defeated the Burnaby Lakers 13-7 on Saturday and then clubbed the New Westminster Salmonbellies 12-2 on Sunday in Western Lacrosse Association action at Frank Crane Arena.

Jon Nicholson, assistant coach of the T-men, said after Sunday’s game that players on all areas of the floor played well and looked ready to play.

“We worked hard, we did the fundamental things right and when we do the fundamental things right, we’re a tough team to beat,” he said.

Nate Wade, Timbermen captain, said he saw chemistry at both ends of the floor, with the defence shutting the opposition down impressively and the offence moving the ball and clicking.

Jon Phillips scored four goals and added an assist for Nanaimo, while Taggart Clark had a goal and four assists and Coady Adamson had two goals and three helpers. Justin Geddie, called up from the junior A Timbermen for both weekend games, made 32 saves against the Salmonbellies.

The night before, Clark led the T-men with two goals and two assists and Zach Manns, Phillips and Tyson Roe also had two goals apiece. Geddie made 39 saves in that one.

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“We’re building. We’ve gotten better every game, guys are believing in the systems, guys are working for the guy beside them,” Nicholson said.

He said the team is playing confidently and showing up at the arena expecting to win, and Wade agreed that’s the case, especially as the season goes along.

“We had a shaky start [but] we’re starting to get the chemistry together…” he said. “Everyone’s coming out confident and it’s a game-changer for us.”

GAME ON … Nanaimo is on the road next weekend to play the first-place Victoria Shamrocks on Friday, June 24, and then the last-place Maple Ridge Burrards on Sunday, June 26. Nanaimo’s next home game is June 30 versus the Shamrocks at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.

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