Claxton sets record as Tmen win four in a row

by Dan Marshall

The Timbermen winning streak is up to four straight games and Nanaimo is  one point, or one lost Burnaby point, away from making the WLA playoffs for the  second time since rejoining the league in 2005.

On Saturday the Tmen beat Burnaby 12-7 with leading scorer Jon Phillips  putting up two goals and four assists and rookie Baden Boyenko scoring a hat  trick.

Sunday's win in Maple Ridge was headlined by goaltender Charles Claxton  stopping 42 shots and scoring two goals in a 10-6 victory.

Claxton scored two empty net goals to seal the win, a feat that has fans  and media scrambling to ask - has that ever been done before?

The WLA confirmed on Monday that Claxton is the only goalie in league  history to score twice in a single game.

Netminder John Lewis did score in two separate games in the '77 and '78  seasons.

It will be a Timbermen record that may never be broken.

It was a great night for the rest of the team as well as the players get  some rest now before a home tilt against Coquitlam on July 22.

There are also games remaining in New West on July 26 and at home to  Burnaby July 28.

If the Timbermen make the playoffs it will be their first post season berth  since 2007 when Nanaimo lost in five games to New Westminster.