Saturday night’s game against the Coquitlam Adanacs was a microcosm of Nanaimo’s Western Lacrosse Association season. The Timbermen started slowly then turned on the jets to produce a dominant stretch. The 13-9 win gave Nanaimo a four-game unbeaten streak and fourth place in the league. The two points jumped them ahead of Coquitlam and New Westminster and within one point of Burnaby, on whom they have three games in hand. Last night’s game was a battle between the top two goalies in save percentage but it was a switch from Zach Boychuk (.822) to Matt King that turned around the momentum for the Timbermen and allowed them to defeat Nick Rose (.825) and the Adanacs.
Coquitlam fired 20 shots at Boychuk in the first 10:41 and put five of them past him while Nanaimo had managed only one goal to that point. In came King and the Timbermen’s fortunes took a turn for the better. They potted a pair before the end of the period then ran amuk in the second, scoring four power play goals and winning the period 7-2 to take control of the game.
Special teams were the major difference on the night. Nanaimo went 5-for-10 overall on the power play and blanked the Adanacs on four man advantages. Scott Ranger, as usual, was the top gunner with four goals plus an assist. Joel Henry and Cayle Ratcliff also had hat tricks and Cory Conway chipped in five assists. King stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced and was named the game’s first star.
Kevin Olson had a hat trick and one assist for the Adanacs. Dane Dobbie was their only other multiple goal scorer with a pair to go with one helper.
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