The senior B Nanaimo Timbermen came up with their biggest win of the season so far, defeating the defending champions.
The T-men beat the Tri-City Bandits 9-6 on Sunday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
Ryan Forslund, Nanaimo forward, called it a huge win for this time of year.
“We’ve faced everyone. Right now, I think we’re definitely at the top of the league. We should beat every team,” he said.
Nanaimo was a little sloppy at the end of the second period and the start of the third, allowing Tri-City to get to within a goal. But the visitors played undisciplined and the home team struck on the power play and secured the win.
“We know we’ve got to play as good a solid 60 minutes as we can and there were bumps in the road, but the guys righted the ship and we came out on top,” said Mike Maughan, the team’s coach.
Forslund, Jon Diplock and Steve Higgs scored two goals apiece, Cody Boon had a goal and three assists and Ryan Hanna and James Spence were the other scorers.
Nanaimo also won Saturday on the road, beating the Port Moody Thunder 8-6. Diplock had two goals and three assists in that one, Travis Mickelson had two and two and Higgs also scored a pair. Devon Casey and Jonny Gill were other scorers and Spence had four assists. Patterson made 39 stops.
The senior B Timbermen don’t play again until May 22 against the North Shore Indians and Nanaimo next home game isn’t until May 30, when the T-men host the Langley Warriors at 6 p.m. at the NIC.