Week 3 Wrap-Up

by Frank Geyer

Week 3 in the WCSLA again had a full slate, with six matches.

Wednesday night in Victoria, the Nanaimo Timbermen avenged a home floor loss to their island counterparts Victoria a week earlier by defeating Shamrocks at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre by a score of 8-4. Darrin Wilson and Jake Mickelson each had a goal and three assists to lead the charge, while Pete Dubinski marked his return to the Timbermen lineup stopping 27 of 31 shots.

Friday night featured a pair of games. The Timbermen hosted Ladner at the Nanaimo Ice Centre and were felled by the Pioneers 15-2. Nanaimo opened the scoring and the game was tied at 2 midway through the first period before the Pioneers rattled off 13 unanswered goals, led by Tyler Pace who had 3 goals and 3 assists. Christian Del Bianco stopped 28 of 30 shots. At Harry Jerome Rec Centre, the North Shore Indians hosted the New Westminster Salmonbellies and dominated in a 21-1 final. Toru Morimatsu had a huge night with 4 goals and 5 assists, while Riku Jokela turned aside 21 of 22 shots faced.

Saturday afternoon, the Shamrocks faced the Pioneers at the Ladner Leisure Centre at left with a 21-7 defeat. The hosts jumped out to a 6-0 lead and cruised to a 4th straight win. Ryan Benesch (6G, 2A) led scoring, with Del Bianco stopping 32 of 38 shots before handing off to Matt Hills who stopped 3 of 4 shots.

The week concluded with pair of afternoon affairs on the Island. The Indians took on the T-men at Frank Crane Arena, outscored the hosts 4-0 in the final frame and came away with a 9-6 win. Zander Torres had 1 goal and 2 assists to lead scoring and Lee Jackman chalked up the victory in goal. The Shamrocks hosted the Salmonbellies at The Q Centre won 15-5. Adam Golia (2G, 4A) led scoring, while Cody Cook stopped 27 of 32 shots for his second win of the season.

After three weeks of action, Ladner's Tyler Pace continues to lead scoring with 30 points and assists with 21, Ladner's Dylan Lacroix leads with 12 goals, and the Pioneers' Christian Del Bianco leading in save percentage (0.906) and goals against average (2.33).