Queens Park Arena - The New Westminster Salmonbellies faced off for the first time this season in their own barn against the Nanaimo Timbermen. They unfortunately fell 14-10, but didn't go down without a fight.
Bellies go on the power play right off the bat, leading Quinn McKay into scoring his first career goal, making the score 1-0 Bellies. Colton Clark, former Bellie, answers back quickly, tying it at 1-1. Fast forward 5 minutes, and Timbermen's, Jake Emms, scores giving Nanaimo a 1 goal lead with 11:29 left in the first. New West sees a penalty for too many men, which is served by Chris Nasato. They don't leave room for Nanaimo to score, and kill the penalty. Bellies aren't keen on the Timberman taking the lead, an come up with back to back goals from Brandon Goodwin and Jordan McBride. It's now 3-2 New West. Assist on the Goodwin goal goes to Sean Lundstrom, and McBride's was unassisted. Brandon Goodwin puts one behind the net, scoring his second of the game, assisted by Patrick Miles and goalie, Alex Buque. Timbermen take a timeout with 42 seconds to go, and that will close out the first period. Shots are 26 Bellies, 15 Nananimo.
The Bellies had some incredible chances in the first period, but couldn't get around Timbermen runner, Peter Dubenski, who single handedly stopping 5 breakaway chances in the first.
Brandon Goodwin opens up the second period with a hat trick, giving the Bellies a 5-2 lead. The goal was assisted by Nasato. Nanaimo puts the pressure on, slowly creeping up on the Bellies. Tyson Roe finds the back of the net making the Bellies lead one goal shorter at 5-3. With 16:18 to go in the second, Tyler Crompton takes a holding penalty, giving Nanaimo some momentum. Bellies kill the Crompton penalty, keeping their two goal lead. Buque stands tall during this period, blocking some great shots from Nanaimo. Timberman take a penalty, and shortly after Ben Davies takes a penalty for high sticking, making it 4 on 4. The game is back to full strength with no goals being scored during the 4 on 4, or short handed play for Nanaimo. Sorensen gets a shot off, but is called no goal as Nasato was in the crease. Crompton goes for it and scores with 5:58 left in the second, bringing the Bellies lead up to 6-3. Mike Donaldson with the assist on the Crompton goal. The Timbermen won't give the Bellies long to celebrate as Jake Cullen and Randy Jones both score almost immediately, making this game 6-5 for New West. Bellies feel the pressure, as McBride and Dane Sorensen answer back with goals - it is now 8-5 New West. Bellies take a timeout with 23 seconds to go, which will end the second period.
Nanaimo will open the third period with a goal, making it 8-6 still in favour of New West. The Timbermen receive a penalty, but that doesn't stop Jordan Gilles from scoring short handed, which brings the scoring difference down to one. Sorensen quickly answers back, bringing the Bellies lead back up by two, it's now 9-7. Reid Mydske takes a penalty with 14:18 to go in the third. New West is now short handed, and Cody Bemner scores a power play goal, closing in the score to 9-8. Davies and Jones take offsetting penalties making it 4 on 4 for the second time this game. It was a roughing call, and both receive 2 minutes in the box. Jake Cullen finds the back of Buque's net, making this a tired game at 9-9. Nanaimo has a close call, as Clark hits the cross bar, but Buque comes up with the ball keeping it tied. Bellies call up, Carter Dixon, scores his first WLA goal, and gives the Bellies a 10-9 lead. This would unfortunately be the last Bellies goal for the game. There's 2:07 to go in the final period and Nanaimo ties the game back up at 10-10 a piece. Nananimo take a timeout with 19 seconds to go, hoping to finish the game here, but forces the game into overtime.
Overtime starts with a holding penalty on Crompton, giving the Timberman an early advantage. Chase McIntyre then goes on to score, giving Nanaimo a 11-10 lead. Goodwin is sent to the box at the same time that McKay is given a 5 minute major. It is now 5 on 3 in favour of Nanaimo. Clark scores bringing Nanaimo's lead up by two, followed by Brett Hawrys bringing their lead up by three, then Roe hits the New West empty net bringing the lead up by four. Overtime finishes with the Timbermen on top 14-10. Shots were 58 for New West and 50 for Nanaimo
The Salmonbellies play Friday May 27 @ 7:45pm at the Q Centre against the Victoria Shamrocks, then again at Queens Park Arena on Thursday June 2nd @ 7pm.