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Acme T-men make moves to get better

The Nanaimo Acme Timbermen, already in first place, hope they’ve strengthened their team into a cup contender.

The Acme Painting Timbermen senior B lacrosse club added three players at the trade deadline – defenders Chris McElroy and Bobby Debrone and transition player Shane Chalker.

McElroy is a nine-year National Lacrosse League veteran, Debrone played senior A this season and Chalker is an Acme T-men veteran.

“We filled some holes that we needed on defence; our offence has been clicking all year,” said Shawn Swanson, Timbermen general manager. “It’s a matter of which team’s going to show up.”

The Acme T-men saw their win streak come to an end Sunday on the mainland in a 9-8 loss to the Valley Rebels.

“The ball didn’t seem to go where we wanted it,” Swanson said. “We had a lot of shots but we weren’t hitting the net.”

Devon Casey had a four-goal game and Jon Diplock, Ryan Clark, Cody Keating and Ryan Forslund also scored. Danny Walters tended goal.

The Acme Timbermen are preparing for their final regular-season home game this Sunday (July 6) at 5 p.m. against the Ladner Pioneers at Frank Crane Arena.

Swanson said winning on Sunday to clinch home-floor in the playoffs would be massive.

“[It] is a big difference for us,” he said. “We play really well at home, other teams don't always come with their top lineup and in the playoffs you travel during the week."

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