WEEK #11 - RECAP AROUND THE PNWJLL
Week #10 - Recap
The Westshore Bears hosted the Nanaimo Timbermen Thursday evening at the Q Centre off the Old Island Highway. The Bears coming off a lop-sided win over Campbell River and the Timbermen the same over the same opponent.
Both goaltenders made some good saves early but it was the Bears that were able to solve their oppositions netminder first to grab the early lead. Westshore was able to get to the Timbermen netminder off and on throughout the period taking a 4-0 lead but Nanaimo's actual goalie got to play out this night, got his team on the scoreboard with a few shifts left to go in the first but the Bears' Graham Brown potted one with seconds left to give the Bears a 5-1 first intermission lead.
The Timbermen had good energy for the 2nd period as they came out banging on defence and setting some quick hard picks on "O" which paid off almost halfway into the frame, but that was quickly answered by the visiting Bears to re-establish their 4 goal lead. The hometown Timbermen would swing their way back closer in the match with a powerplay goal and then an even-strength goal to close the gap to 6-4 but Westshore would rally the troops and claw back two more of their own to end the period at 8-4.
Both 'keepers would stand strong in goal for their respective clubs throughout the third period but the visiting Bears would inch higher in the period scoring than the Timbermen winning the period 3-1 and the game by six.
The Timbermen were led by Bryce Amos (1g, 1a), and a gaggle of others with 1 point each; while the Bears were led by Hayden Cardinal (2g, 1a), Carter Quested (2g, 1a), Ryan Blundell (1g, 2a), and five players with 2 points each.
The Nanaimo Timbermen hosted the Saanich Express on Saturday evening at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo. The Timbermen coming off a loss to the Bears and the Express previously defeated the Oceanside Sharks.
Mike Johansen opens the scoring for the Express seven minutes in on the powerplay but no more than a minute later, Tysen Fontenla returns the favour to tie the game. Bryaden Upshon and Bryan Toth both bury shots halfway through the frame to give the Express a 3-1 lead. Patrick Canning then brings the Timbermen back within 1 and then Upshon a minute later restores the two goal lead heading into intermission.
Early in the 2nd period, the Express take a 6-3 lead and seemed to have control of the play but then committed some defensive lapses which the Timbermen capitalized on and the Nanaimo squad fought their way back to tie the game at 6 apiece heading into the final intermission. The Timbermen go ahead in the match on the powerplay halfway through but the Express tied the game on a PP of their own with 4 minutes left and that's where the game would end. A pleasant game to watch.
The Timbermen were led by Jayden Thomas (1g, 2a), Silas Wilson (2g), Patrick Canning (1g, 1a), and five others with 1pt each; while the Express were led by Brett Bilodeau (1g, 3a), Mike Johansen (1g, 2a), Brayden Upshon (2g), Devyn Zunti (2a), and four others with 1 pt. each.
The Westshore Bears hosted the Campbell River Ravens on Sunday afternoon at the Q Centre Arena. The Ravens looking to get back on the winning track and the Bears looking to continue their winning ways after defeating Nanaimo in their last match.
Campbell River opens the scoring on a goal by Tyler Wingert 3 shifts into the game. Then the Bears go on a 5 goal run from the 12 minute mark to the halfway point of the first period taking the wind from the wings of the Ravens. Campbell River was able to muster 2 straight goals to end the first period only down by two.
Westshore opens the scoring a shift into the 2nd period going up by 3 but the Ravens claw back with two of their own near the middle of the frame to find themselves only down by a single score. Unfortunately the flood gates opened up and the Bears then went on an 8 goal scoring streak to take a 14-5 lead into the 2nd intermission.
The Bears were the only team to get on the scoreboard in the third period tallying 7 more goals to win the game.
Campbell River was led by Carson Foy (3g), Tyler Wingert (1g, 1a), Blake Doherty (2a) and six players with 1 point each; the Bears were led by Graham Brown (4g, 2a), Connor Rant (5g), Ryan Blundell and Jarrett Blaase (3g, 1a), Jaxon Parkhouse (2g, 2a) and multiple players with 3 & 2 points respectively.