Cowichan Valley product Colton Lidstone drives to the net during the Nananimo Timbermen’s 11-10 win over the Langley Thunder at the Cowichan Arena on Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley product Colton Lidstone drives to the net during the Nananimo Timbermen’s 11-10 win over the Langley Thunder at the Cowichan Arena on Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vaesen and fellow local products get T-Men past Thunder at Cowichan Arena

Nanaimo now 6-1 after split in Duncan

The Cowichan Valley’s own Thomas Vaesen scored the decisive goal on Saturday as the Nanaimo Timbermen bounced back from a loss to their Island rivals last Wednesday to beat the former B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League leaders in their second of back-to-back games at the Cowichan Arena.

The T-Men lost 15-8 to the host Victoria Shamrocks last Wednesday, but were the home team on Saturday as they edged the Langley Thunder 11-10, thanks to Vaesen’s game-winner with just over four minutes left to play.

It was the third goal of the game for Vaesen, who also had three assists and now leads the T-Men with 38 points on 19 goals and 19 assists in seven contests.

Other Cowichan products also made an impact on the scoresheet as Mat Jung scored one goal and set up three others, and Colton Lidstone had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Colin Jeffrey served as backup for the game, continuing the pattern of alternating games with Justin Geddie.

Nanaimo also won 12-11 over the Saints in Port Coquitlam on Sunday afternoon to improve to 6-1 on the season, tied with the Shamrocks and Thunder for second place in the BCJALL behind the undefeated Coquitlam Adanacs.