Game Preview: Thunder look for fourth win in five games

by Gary Ahuja

The last time the Langley Thunder faced the Coquitlam Adanacs, it was the Adanacs walking away with a convincing 11-5 victory, a defeat which dropped the Thunder to 1-5 in the Western Lacrosse Association standings.

But since that game, the Thunder have won three of their past four games, improving to 4-6 on the season, the same record as Coquitlam. And the two teams will renew hostilities tonight (Wednesday, July 3) at 7:30pm at Langley Events Centre.



Langley is coming off a 9-8 win over the Burnaby Lakers on June 29 with Robert Church scoring the decisive goal with less than five minutes to play. Chase Scanlan also had a big game for the Thunder with a hat trick and six points. He leads Langley in regular season scoring with 20 goals and 38 points and is tied for the team lead in assists with 18, alongside Charles Scanlan.

The Adanacs are coming off back-to-back home losses to the Maple Ridge Burrards, falling 10-5 in their last outing on June 25. Coquitlam led 4-1 midway through the game but were held to a single goal over the final 32 minutes.

On the season, Tyler Kirkby leads Coquitlam in both assists (23) and points (36) and is second in goals with 13, one behind team leader Adam Noakes’ 14.

In goal, Aden Walsh and Andrew Gallant have been two of the busiest goaltenders in the league for Langley and Coquitlam, respectively. Both goalies have earned all four wins for their teams and they sit one-two in total saves as Gallant has stopped 406 shots with Walsh sitting at 392 saves.

Gallant also has a 9.25 goals against average and a .814 save percentage while Walsh’s numbers sit at 9.94 and .807.

In terms of special teams, the Thunder are second with the man advantage (.409) and third on the penalty kill (.639) while the Adanacs are seventh on the power play (.326) and sixth when down a man (.538).