Nanaimo Timbermen player Jon Diplock is checked by Ladner Pioneers opponents during Wednesday’s WCSLA game at Frank Crane Arena. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Senior B Nanaimo Timbermen win on meaningful night

Team beats Ladner, raises money for member of lacrosse community

The senior B Nanaimo Timbermen won a game that held some extra meaning in the lacrosse community.

The city’s West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association club defeated the Ladner Pioneers 9-5 on Wednesday at Frank Crane Arena. The Re/Max Timbermen used the game as a fundraiser to help player Steve MacFarlane’s family, as his son Roehn MacFarlane is in need of a spinal brace.

“He’s a little three-year-old guy and he loves lacrosse,” said Kyle Couling, T-men coach.

The club set out to raise $1,000 of the $2,400 needed for the brace, and thanks to lacrosse fans and the Nanaimo Clippers, who donated net proceeds from alcohol sales, were able to raise more than $2,000.

What’s more, the T-men came through on the floor, defeating the rival Pioneers, who had gone into the game ahead of Nanaimo in the standings.

“Being Ladner, everybody always shows up motivated and ready to play, so it was nice to see,” Couling said. “I think dropping a couple points in the standings [recently] and seeing Ladner pass us was definitely the motivation.”

The Pioneers outshot the Timbermen 41-26, but Couling said goaltender Nick Patterson’s “terrific” play was a factor.

“He was there when we needed him but also our defence stepped out and shut down their big scorers,” he said, adding that it helped that the Pioneers’ offence wasn’t sharing the ball well.

For Nanaimo, Corey Shires had a huge game with four goals and three assists, Jon Diplock scored twice, and the penalty kill was “amazing,” the coach said.

GAME ON … The T-men visit the Royal City Capitals on Saturday, June 22. Next home action is July 3, when the Victoria Wolves visit Frank Crane Arena for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.

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