Game preview: Thunder look to revenge in Nanaimo

by Gary Ahuja

The Langley Thunder head to Nanaimo looking for payback against the Timbermen.

The second game of the season series goes tonight (Sunday) at 7:00pm at Frank Crane Arena.


Last week saw the Timbermen leave Langley Events Centre with an 8-6 win over the Thunder back on June 26. Langley had led 4-2 after 20 minutes before Nanaimo scored five of the final seven goals for the victory.

Jason Knox led the Timbermen with six assists while Colby Bowman stopped 46 of the 52 shots in the Nanaimo goal. The Thunder’s Chase Scanlan finished with a hat trick and five points.

Following an 1-4 start to the season, Langley has gone 3-1-1 in their past games, leaving the Thunder with a 4-6-1 record, good for fourth place in the Western Lacrosse Association standings.

Nanaimo began the year with one win in their first six games but since then have a win and a tie to improve to 3-5-1 and sixth place in the standings. The Timbermen’s last game was a 9-9 tie on July 2 in Burnaby against the Lakers.

Knox had a pair of goals and six points in that contest while Taggart Clark had a goal and four helpers. For the season, Zach Manns leads in all statistical category with 21 goals, 20 assists and 41 points. Goaltender Colby Bowman leads the league with an .839 save percentage.

For Langley, Scanlan leads the team in goals (23), assists (20) and points (43) while Charles Scanlan is second with 30 points on 11 goals and 19 assists while Clay Scanlan had 10 goals and 24 points.

Aden Walsh sports a 9.61 goals against average and an .809 save percentage and sits third in the league with 431 total saves.

In the special teams’ battle, Nanaimo has the top power play unit, connecting on .465 of their opportunities while the Thunder are ranked fourth at .400. The penalty kill sees the Timbermen second at .681 with Langley third at .615.