The Nanaimo Timbermen have the type of team that can come back and win lacrosse games.
The Coastal Windows Timbermen proved that again Saturday night at Frank Crane Arena, erasing a 5-1 deficit to defeat the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-9.
“This is probably the best feeling we’ve had since I’ve been here…” said Cayle Ratcliff, Timbermen veteran. “That’s a full team effort, a full 60 minutes. To show no quit against a solid team that’s won five straight is huge.”
A goalie change sparked the T-men, as Matt King came into the game in relief and stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced.
“Kinger came in and did an awesome job,” said Art Webster, T-men coach.
It allowed his teammates to chip away at the lead. The coach reminded his players not to try to do everything all at once, and they listened.
“It’s been a common theme where we kind of start slow out of the gate,” said Bobby Debrone, T-men defender. “But we trust the guy next to us and we have a game plan and we stick to it and we have enough talent in the dressing room where if we stick to that game plan, the ball’s going to drop and we’re going to get the stops and eventually the win.”
Scott Ranger led the Timbermen with four goals, Joel Henry had three goals and two assists and Ratcliff also scored a hat trick. Cody Bremner, Myles Kenny and Kaleb Toth had one goal apiece and Cory Conway had five assists.
LACROSSE TALK … The win pushed the Timbermen (5-3-1) past the Adanacs (5-6) in the Western Lacrosse Association standings and also clinched the season series against that team … DBL Timbermen senior B player Kyle Couling, former captain of the senior A Timbermen, played for Nanaimo as a call-up on Saturday … Nanaimo has a week off before it plays back-to-back games, hosting the first-placed Langley Thunder (8-4) on Saturday (July 7) and then visiting the last-placed Maple Ridge Burrards (1-9-1) the next night.