The Nanaimo Timbermen advanced to the WCSLA semi-finals after a two-game sweep of the Victoria Wolves in the best-of-3 quarter-final. Friday July 21st in Victoria, the Timbermen led 4-2 lead after twenty minutes and 6-3 by the end of the second period. Nanaimo expanded the lead to 9-3 by the four minute mark of the final frame and nursed the six goal separation to the end of regulation. Corey Shires led T-men scoring with four assists, while Andrew Miller notched three goals on the night. Nanaimo outshot Victoria 51-40, with Nick Patterson turning aside 36 shots for the win.
In Game 1 Wednesday July 19th at home, the Timbermen jumped out to a 5-1 lead after one period, maintained a four goal cushion heading into the second intermission, and finished off the Wolves with six goals in the final frame en route to a 15-8 victory. Patterson had another big night between the pipes, stopping 46 of the 54 shots he faced, while his teammates directed 50 shots at the Victoria net. Jon Diplock led T-men scoring with one goal and seven assists, with Shires and Jake Mickelson each picking up hat tricks.
The Timbermen will now face the Ladner Pioneers in the best-of-5 semi-final series. Game 1 is set for Thursday July 27th in Ladner, while Game 2 goes Friday July 28th at Frank Crane Arena - face-off at 7:00pm.
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The Canadian Lacrosse Association has approved the bid by the Nanaimo Timbermen to host the 2018 Presidents’ Cup national senior B lacrosse championships. The announcement came seven weeks after the WCSLA selected the bid from the Harbour City. "We're extremely happy. It's really huge for Nanaimo lacrosse. It's been a stressful seven or eight weeks while we were waiting for the CLA to give approval but it all worked out," said Team Governor Shawn Swanson. WCSLA Commissioner Dave Parsons says the league will act in a support role for the Nanaimo organizing committee. "It's good for the league, and it's good for Nanaimo. Shawn and the committee will do a good job - he's been around the game for many years," said Parsons. All games will be played at Frank Crane Arena.
For more information or to volunteer for the event, visit the Timbermen's Facebook Page.
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