Game preview: Season series on the line as Thunder visit Burrards

by Gary Ahuja

It will be the rubber match as the Langley Thunder and Maple Ridge Burrards meet for the third and final time this season when they take the floor at Maple Ridge’s Cam Neely Arena.

The game is scheduled for June 16 at 7:00pm and can be streamed at

Each team has won once on their respective home floors with the Burrards prevailing 16-9 on June 2 before the Thunder won the rematch at Langley Events Centre three days later by a 10-8 score.

That victory is Langley’s lone win in six games so far this Western Lacrosse Association season as the Thunder are coming off an 11-5 home defeat to the Coquitlam Adanacs on June 12.

Robert Church had a hand in all five goals, scoring once and setting up the other four tallies while Tristan Kirkham scored twice. Kirkham is second on the team in both goals (9) and points (13), trailing Chase Scanlan (10 goals, 15 points) in both categories.

In goal, Aden Walsh has an 11.46 goals against average and .784 save percentage through six games. He sits second in the league with 232 saves, just ahead of Maple Ridge’s Brandon Humphrey who has stopped 190.

The Burrards enter the game with a record of 2-4 and this will be their second game in three days with the team coming off a 10-5 loss in Victoria to the Shamrocks on June 14.

Maple Ridge was held off the score sheet in both the first and third periods, with all five of their goals coming in the middle frame. Dylan McIntosh led the offence with a pair of goals and three points in the contest.

McIntosh is tops on Maple Ridge in both goals (12) and points (25), just one ahead of teammate Ryan Jones’ 24 points. Jones has a Burrards-best 16 helpers over the first six games.

In goal, Brandon Humphrey has played all six games with an 8.58 GAA and .834 save percentage.

The Langley Thunder lacrosse organization consists of Senior A, Junior A and Junior Tier 1 teams who play in the Western Lacrosse Association, BC Junior A Lacrosse League and BC Junior Tier 1 Lacrosse League respectively. All three teams play their home games at Langley Events Centre.