Nanaimo Timbermen players celebrate making the playoffs after an 8-8 tie against the Burnaby Lakers on Friday on the Lower Mainland. (Western Lacrosse Association image)

Timbermen to face Shamrocks in Round 1 of WLA playoffs

Nanaimo qualified for post-season by tying their final regular-season game at Burnaby on Friday

The Nanaimo Timberman battled through an entire WLA regular season, and it still took until overtime of the very last game to get into the playoffs.

The senior A T-men tied the Burnaby Lakers 8-8 in Western Lacrosse Association action Friday on the mainland. Since Nanaimo (10-7-1) had previously clinched the season series against Burnaby, a tie was enough for the T-men to secure the WLA’s final playoff berth.

“It was an excellent game, both teams played well, both goalies played well, it was a tight game,” said Kaleb Toth, T-men coach.

The Timbermen led by two goals late but the Lakers managed to score twice with the goalie pulled, including a game-tying goal with four seconds left in regulation.

“Our guys didn’t quit, they held them off in overtime even though [the Lakers] had the momentum,” Toth said. “Unfortunate for them, they needed to win, we could settle for a tie and that’s what happened.”

Jon Phillips had two goals and two assists to lead Nanaimo’s offence, Tyson Roe scored twice as well and Nick Finlay, Conrad Chapman, Colton Clark and Cam Wengreniuk were other scorers. Evan Messenger dished three assists and goalie Charles Claxton made 52 saves.

Nanaimo’s first-round playoff opponent will be the Victoria Shamrocks for the second-straight summer.

“Playing Victoria, it’s going to be another hard-fought series. They’re a good team and we’ve just got to make sure we bring our A game,” Toth said.

The series gets underway Tuesday, July 30, in Victoria and the Timbermen will hope for fan support home and away as the Shamrocks fans travel well.

“I think it makes Island lacrosse more interesting. You get more fans out to both games – you get Nanaimo going to Victoria, you’ll get Victoria coming to Nanaimo. I think it’s a good thing for the sport on the Island,” Toth said.

GAME ON … Game 1 is Tuesday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. atVictoria’s Q Centre and Game 2 is Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. Game 3 is Saturday in Victoria and Game 4 is Monday in Nanaimo.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fewer birds tallied in Nanaimo’s recent winter count

1,550 fewer fowl counted than previous year, but there were a few unusual sightings

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Snow-covered sidewalks are a hazard

City refuses to change its current operational practices, says letter writer

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Schools should not have been closed Thursday

Our children have missed a day of school because of poor decision-making, says letter writer

Nanaimo mom will celebrate 40th in style after $500,000 lotto win

Crystal Giesbrecht matches all four numbers on BC/49 Extra

Suspect pulls knife on staff at Nanaimo 7-Eleven

Nanaimo RCMP looking for suspect who allegedly took items then produced knife when staff approached

VIDEO: Soldiers trade rifles for snow shovels to help dig out St. John’s

A state of emergency is set to extend into a fifth day

Power lines cut as thieves strike Vancouver Island veterinary hospital

‘Thankfully there weren’t any animals or staff in the clinic when this happened’

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

Nanaimo council issues permit for mixed-use building on Terminal Avenue

29-unit residential building and café restaurant planned at 930 Terminal Ave.

Nanaimo RCMP arrest man who allegedly pushed clerk to floor during armed robbery

Chase Peter Goodale scheduled to appear in court today, Jan. 20

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Vancouver Island Pride weekend returns to Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Building on the success of last year’s family-friendly pride festival on Vancouver… Continue reading

Most Read