Short rest didn’t seem to matter to the Nanaimo Timbermen as they defeated the Burnaby Lakers 8-5 at Frank Crane Arena Sunday night. The Timbermen entered Sunday coming off a 12-10 road win against the Coquitlam Adanacs and secured their first back to back win this season. After tonight, Nanaimo has won their last four games, with wins over Maple Ridge and Burnaby in that span.
The Lakers came into Nanaimo as the only team with an undefeated road record but fell short in their first meeting against the Timbermen this season. Five different Lakers scored for Burnaby as Scott Jones and Zach Gould each finished with two points on the night. Ryland Rees got his fourth goal and his last three games while Jared Pozzobon got his first of the season. Eric Penney made 39 saves on 47 shots for the Lakers as he’s the only goalie to start in 11 games so far.
Colton Clark had a strong performance for Nanaimo, getting a goal and three assists in the game and was named the first star. Speaking of strong performances, Charles Claxton was lights out for the Timbermen, making 40 saves as he now has a 5-2 record in seven games this season. The goal of the night came from T-Men defender Nate Wade, who put a spin move on a Lakers’ defender and scored backhanded to give Nanaimo some insurance late in the third. As Wade said after the game, “Yeah, I totally meant to do that”.
Burnaby’s Next Game: 7/4 @ New Westminster 7:30 PM
Nanaimo’s Next Game 7/4 vs. Nanaimo 7:00 PM