The Nanaimo Timbermen were staring at a leap into fourth place in the Western Lacrosse Association standings. Instead, they’re still looking up at the 5 teams ahead of them. Leading Maple Ridge by 3 goals with less than 15 minutes left in last night’s game at Maple Ridge Arena, the Timbermen picked a bad time to dry up on offense and spring a leak on defense as the Burrards went on a 5-1 run over the final 8:31 to card an 11-10 victory, just their second of this season. Jarrett Davis scored 2 of those goals for the Burrards but it was Patrick O’Meara’s short-handed goal with just 9 seconds left that was the winner. It was the second goal of the season and first for Maple Ridge for O’Meara, who was acquired in a June 28 trade with Langley.
Nanaimo entered the third with a 7-5 lead and extended that to 8-5 on Cayle Ratcliff’s goal 2 minutes into the period. After trading goals, the Burrards’ final run was sparked by Simon Giourmetakis’ strike at 11:29 and from there, the Burrards took control. Rookie David Joyce helped with his first 3 goals of the season, 2 of them coming in the third period and goalie Drew Dickie made 16 of his 44 saves in the third period.
So instead of moving past New Westminster and Coquitlam in the standings, the Timbermen remain a point behind them with 11 points, which has them just 6 points in front of last-place Maple Ridge. The Timbermen got 4 goals and 2 assists from Scott Ranger, the WLA’s leading scorer, and Joel Henry and Blake Kenny each scored twice.
The Timbermen get a rematch with Maple Ridge in their next game out, which is Saturday at home.
Kitchener-Waterloo 13, Six Nations 13 (box score)
Maple Ridge 11, Nanaimo 10 (box score)
Alberta Junior A
Jr. Raiders 18, Jr. Miners 9 (box score)
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