Adanacs chop Timbermen to halt losing skid

Take that, Timbermen.

After the Coquitlam Adanacs lost two straight games for the first time in six years last weekend to the Nanaimo Timbermen, they weren’t about to allow their uncharacteristic skid extend to three.

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The Adanacs built a 6-1 lead over the visiting Timbermen by the time the second period was two minutes old, then rolled to a 17-12 win in their BC Junior A Lacrosse League game, Wednesday at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex. Coquitlam also fired 60 shots at Nanaimo keeper Colin Jeffrey.

The win also moved the Adanacs into sole possession of first place in the league standings, two points ahead of the Timbermen and Victoria Shamrocks.

After Nanaimo opened the scoring 2:26 into the first period, the home team responded with six straight goals — three of them by Thomas Semple.

The Timbermen climbed back to within three goals, 6-3, but Semple scored his fourth of the game, and Philip Buque added his second and third goals to reestablish Coquitlam’s six-goal margin. From then on Nanaimo never got closer than three goals, as the Adanacs led 12-8 at the end of the second period.

Semple added a pair of assists to his four goals, and Buque also finished with four goals and two helpers to lead Coquitlam’s attack. Junior B call-up Max Semple scored four goals as well. Keeper Nate Faccin faced 48 shots in the Adanacs’ net.

Coquitlam will host the Langley Thunder, Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Poirier. The game will be preceded by a special ceremony in which a banner honouring the memory of former team president, the late Les Wingrove, will be lifted into the arena’s rafters.

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