This was another busy weekend in the WLA . Their were five games on the WLA schedule this weekend. On Friday the Nanaimo Timbermen took on the Burnaby Lakers, and Victoria took on Maple Ridge. On Saturday it was a rematch of the 2012 WLA final as the Langley Thunder took on the Coquitlam Adanacs. Finally on Sunday Coquitlam took on Nanaimo while Burnaby faced off against Maple Ridge.
Nanaimo Timbermen 16 Vs. Burnaby Lakers 11
In the first period of this game both teams appeared to be evenly matched as they match eachother goal for goals with the score being tied 3-3 after the first period. In the second period though Nanaimo took control as Paul Brebber and Jake Emms each had two goals in the period to help give the Timbermen the 10-6 lead after two periods of play. In the third period it was once again a back and fourth affair as the two teams constantly traded goals but the Timbermen would not allow the Lakers back in the game as they held on for the 16-11 win. Zach Boychuk was the story in the game for the Timbermen as he made 43 saves on 54 shots on the night. While Cody Bremner led the Nanaimo offense with four goals and two assists.
Victoria Shamrocks 14 Vs. Maple Ridge Burrards 9
Victoria got off to an early start in this game as Cory Small as he scored four minutes into the game to give the Shamrocks the early lead. Maple Ridge would respond with a pair of goals from Curtis Dickson and Riley Lowen to take a 2-1 lead. Victoria though would retake the lead after two consecutive goals to make the score 3-2. Andrew Murphy though would score with two minutes left in the first to tie this game at 3-3 after one period of play. In the second period Maple Ridge continued to build off their momentum in the first period as Aaron Pascas and Curtis Dickson score to give the Burrards the 5-3 lead. The table though would turn thanks to Corey Small as he scored four of Victoria’s six goals in the period to give Victoria a 9-7 lead after two periods of play. Victoria would seal the game in the third period as they outscored the Burrards 5-2 in the period to take the 14-9 victory. Corey Small was the story in this game as he had seven goals and four assists for ten points in the game and earned first star honors.
Langley Thunder 12 Vs. Coquitlam Adanacs 10
The Thunder took control of this game early as they outscored the Adanacs 4-1 in the first period to give the Thunder the early lead. Langley would build on their lead in the second as Kyle McEwen scored to make it 5-1 for Langley. Coquitlam though would respond as they scored six consecutive goals to take the a 7-5 lead. Kerry Susheski would score at the end of the period for Langley to pull the game within one as the Adanac led 7-6 after two periods of play. Langley came out firing in the third period as they scored six consecutive goals to take a 12-7 lead. Coquitlam would attempt the comeback a Scott Tining, Jesse Guerin and Dane Dobbie scored late to make the score 12-10 but that was as close as the Adanacs would get as the Thunder prevailed 12-10. Brodie MacDonald continued his hot streak as he made 35 saves on 45 shots and was named first star of the game. With the win Langley improves to 5-2 and into a tie for first place in the WLA.
Coquitlam Adanacs 9 Vs. Nanaimo Timbermen 6
This was the Adanacs second game of the weekend and they started it this game on the right foot as Bret Hickey and Matthew Dinsdale scored to give the Adanacs a 2-0 lead. Coquitlam would continue to build on this early lead as they ended the first period with a 5-2 lead at the end of the first period. In the second period defense was the story as each team only managed one goal a piece and their were only 17 shots in the period. The score was 6-3 at the end of two periods of play. Nanaimo would begin to fight back in the third as Paul Brebber scored two goals along with Myles Dennett adding a goal to make the score 7-6. Coquitlam though would seal the game as Matthew Dinsdale and Jeff Zywicki scored to give the Adanacs the 9-6 win as they split their weekend set of games. The Adanacs improve to 3-5 with the win and are now only two points back of New Westminster for fourth place in the WLA. Nanaimo though falls to 2-7 and continue to sit in deadlast in the WLA.
Burnaby Lakers 11 Vs. Maple Ridge Burrards 7
The Lakers were on fire to begin this game as Scott Jones scored just 25 seconds into the period to take the 1-0 lead. Burnaby would continue to roll as Dane Stevens and Jason Jones scored to give Burnaby 3-0. Maple Ridge would answer back with a goal from Riley Lowen but it did not slow down the Lakers as Dane Stevens scored his second goal of the game while Chase Williams also found the bac of the net to give the Lakers the 5-1 lead after one period of play. In the second period Maple Ridge woke up and were able to take control of the game as they outscored the Lakers 5-3 in the period in order to cut the Lakers lead to just two goals as the Lakers led 8-6 after two periods of play. Burnaby though would stop Maple Ridge’s momentum in the third as Scott Jones and Casey Jackson scored to extend their lead to four goals and make the score 10-6. Burnaby would only allow the Burrards to score one more goal but Casey Jackson would seal the game with a goal to make the score 11-7. This was Maple Ridge’s second consective loss as their record falls to 5-4 while the Lakers improve to 4-5. Scott Jones continued his ht streak as he had three goals and five assists for eight points in the game. Jones has been on top of his game recently and it has allowed Burnaby to rebound from their early struggles.