The weekend began with the acquisition of Cam Garlin, a Trent Excalibur standout who joined many of his university teammates on the Timbermen. Saturday the Timbermen lost a one goal game in Paris in their most dominant effort of the season. They rebounded Sunday with even more dominance.
“The biggest difference was getting off to a pretty decent start,” said captain Tim Bergin. “We had some good energy coming off the tough loss Saturday. Our offense got into a good rhythm early and our D was solid and played tough. Our transition played fast and smart and Ryan Masters was great in the pipes.”
The Timbermen went down 3-1 early after allowing those goals in a span of less than a minute. Head coach Joe Sullivan pulled starter Nolan Clayton to shake up the team and it worked. Masters was fantastic in relief.
Preventing runs had been a problem for the Timbermen but Sunday they went on six and four goal runs of their own that the Monarchs just couldn’t match. They led 11-7 at the half.
Dan Michel led the attack for the second game in a row scoring four goals and four assists. He scored eight goals over two games. Caleb Wiles stepped up with three goals and four assists, and Bergin had three goals and three assists. Cody McMahon was all over the floor scoring two goals and dishing out five assists.
Bergin said the good weekend has pushed the Timbermen in the right direction.
“Yes, we only have one win, but we have been in pretty much every game,” he recognized. “A few bounces here or there and it’s a much different record. Our team is starting to gel more and more. Each game and win will boost some team confidence.”
Jordan Dance, Seth Laidlaw and Shane Scott all had a pair of goals for the Monarchs. Craig Wende took the loss.
The Timbermen’s next game is their first in Peterborough, at the Memorial Centre next Sunday, February 26 as they host the Oshawa Outlaws at 1pm in the first game of a league doubleheader. Tickets for the February 26game are on sale now at the PMC box office.
Scoring for the Timbermen were:
Dan Michel (4-0)
Caleb Wiles (3-4)
Tim Bergin (3-3)
Cody McMahon (2-5)
Cam Garlin (1-2)
Cole McWilliams (1-2)
Josh Wasson (1-1)
Nick Finlay (1-0)
Doug Utting (1-0)
Travis Szabolcs (0-2)
Garrett Lewis (0-1)
Brett Coons (0-1)
Pete Rennie (0-1)
Joe Wasson (0-1)