WEEK #9 - RECAP
Week #9 - Recap
The Nanaimo Timbermen and Oceanside Sharks faced each other in the first of two games in a mid-week contest in the PNWJLL Wednesday evening. The home team held a 4-0 first period lead in a officiated affair. The second period remained a battle with each team only scoring once for a 5-1 Timbermen lead.
The Timbermen offence unloaded in the third period for 4 goals in a span of two minutes midway through the final period which proved to be the swing that fell the tree so to speak. Oceanside would sink one more before the T-Men would put it away with two more tallies.
The Oceanside Sharks returned home Saturday June 22nd to host their Island rival Nanaimo Timbermen at Oceanside Place Arena in a return match from Wednesday evening. The Sharks opened the scoring a quarter of the way through the first but couldn't muster another tally while the Timbermen scored five the rest of the way for a 5-1 lead after one. The second period was much more exciting for the fans as both teams combined for 10 2nd period goals with Nanaimo holding an 11-5 lead.
Nanaimo sensing the home squad was a bit fatigued, potted two early in the third and outscored the Ocean dwellers 6-3 in the third to take the win and battle of the Mid-Island Highway. The 2019 series belonging to the Axe-carrying Timbermen.
No score-sheet or online game statistics provided at the time of this article.
A busy week for the Oceanside Sharks as they played 3 games in 5 days. The Sharks hosted the visiting Saanich Express for a mid-afternoon contest in the friendly confines of Oceanside Place. Both squads appeared to be short runners with the home team maximizing their roster with some talented midget call-up's and Saanich just playing some bodies short. Both teams came out ready to play but it was the Railmen that weathered the storm and capitalized three times for a 3-0 first period lead.
Using fast breaks and head-manning the ball, the Express moved the ball well to open men and space creating odd-man opportunities throughout the middle frame, potting a few. Kyle Johnston faced 43 shots after 2 periods and was eventually replaced by midget call-up Jake Colley for some Jr. experience. Colley stopped 9 of 13 in the third period; but it was the Express' Darian Claxton that turned away all 28 Oceanside Sharks shots for the shutout and "W". An accomplishment not seen in the PNWJLL for a long time.
Upcoming this week; all teams in action in week #10; Campbell River, Saanich and Westshore all playing 2 games this week, while the Sharks and Timbermen each play one.