Senior A Nanaimo Timbermen player Ryan Lee looks to shoot during Friday’s game against the Maple Ridge Burrards at Frank Crane Arena. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Timely goals lift Timbermen to win

Nanaimo defeated the Maple Ride Burrards 10-7 on Friday in WLA action at Frank Crane Arena.

The senior A Timbermen scored when the game was on the line.

Nanaimo defeated the Maple Ride Burrards 10-7 on Friday night in Western Lacrosse Association action at Frank Crane Arena.

The contest was an exciting one that saw the teams trade the lead in the third period. The T-men led going into the final 20 minutes, fell behind, but then got the edge back.

“We just had to dig deep,” said Mason Pynn, who scored a hat trick. “We just kept pressing the tempo … and it paid off in the end. We were giving it our all. We wanted that game.”

Kaleb Toth said he liked his team’s third period and the ways guys responded to the flow of the game and believed they could win.

“Even though we let them back into it, we were confident enough that we could continue to fight and continue to push,” Toth said.

Chase Fraser scored the game-winning goal on a play where he seemed to have no angle out to the side of the net. Ryan Lee, back in the Nanaimo lineup, scored his first goal on a highlight play, as he had been knocked to the ground at the edge of the crease but reached up to snag a pass, and still on his knees, got off a shot and scored.

“You don’t expect shots like that to go in and when they do go in – circus-like with Lee and then with no angle with Fraser – it just gets the team super fired up,” Pynn said. “We just built off the energy of those goals.”

Other Nanaimo scorers Friday were Jordan Gilles, Quinn Smith, Brody Eastwood and Jake Cullen. Pete Dubenski was the winning goalie as shots were 55-46 in favour of the Burrards.

Nanaimo plays another home game on Sunday, taking on the first-place Victoria Shamrocks.

“We’ve just got to keep playing hard like we were doing,” said Pynn. “Nobody looked slow out there tonight and everyone was battling.”

GAME ON … The Timbermen and Shamrocks play Sunday at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. Tickets will be available at the door.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Schools keep students indoors after cougar sightings

There have been two cougar sightings reported in the Hammond Bay area

Environment Canada says snow in the forecast for Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for flurries and cold air throughout the next week

UPDATE: Body of young woman found in vehicle outside Lantzville church

A woman was found dead in a vehicle in the 7100 block of Lantzville Road on Sunday

Vehicles crash at Mary Ellen Drive intersection

One vehicle was towed after a car crash in the north end of the city on a rainy Sunday night

VIDEO: Campaign begins to keep Nanaimo Recycling Exchange open

Lease for recycling exchange on Kenworth Road site expires in March

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Nanaimo United in contention as soccer season pauses

The VISL Div. 1 men’s side (7-4-2) sits in fourth place at the holiday break

UPDATE: Grizzly bear trophy hunting over in B.C.

Now only Indigenous people can hunt bears for meat

Star Blue Jays announced for Vancouver ‘Winter Tour’ event in January

Toronto’s pro baseball team heads west for two-day event

UPDATE: ‘Multiple fatalities’ as Amtrak derails in Washington State

13 cars jumped the tracks as train made its first voyage between Seattle and Portland

Mental effects of wildfire still linger in Fort McMurray

‘Resilient, but tired:’ Mental effects of wildfire lingering in Fort McMurray

Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

AP Exclusive: Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

Calgary Flames thump Vancouver Canucks 6-1

Mark Giordano, Sam Bennett lead the way as Flames thump Canucks 6-1

Homicide detectives now probing billionaire couple’s death

Police release cause of death of Barry and Honey Sherman as “ligature neck compression”

Most Read