Game Preview: Thunder vs. Adanacs
For the second time in less than a week, the Langley Thunder are set to battle the Coquitlam Adanacs.
The Thunder (5-1) go in search of a fifth straight victory as they travel to Coquitlam’s Poirier Sports Complex to face the Adanacs (0-6) tonight (Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00pm) in Western Lacrosse association action.
The teams played last week (June 14) with the Thunder posting a 9-4 win at Langley Events Centre with Frank Scigliano stopping 39 of 43 shots to earn first star honours. Robert Church led all scorers with two goals and five points while Coquitlam’s Clark Walter and Maurice Kelly both had a goal and an assist.
The Thunder are coming off a come-from-behind victory on Friday (June 16) as they fell behind 5-2 on the road in Burnaby before using a 9-1 second period to hold off the Lakers 16-13.
Dane Dobbie (7+2) and Curtis Dickson (4+4) led the way offensively for Langley in the contest.
Dickson leads the team with 36 points, including a league-best 24 assists, while Dobbie’s 21 goals are second in the WLA, and his 33 points place him third. Dickson is second in that category. Church is third on Langley with a dozen goals and 27 points, having missed the team’s last contest.
In goal, Frank Scigliano is 5-0 and leads the WLA with a 6.70 goals against average and .854 save percentage.
The Adanacs last game saw them fall 13-8 to the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies on June 17 with Walter again leading the team, this time with a hat trick and five points.
Walter leads the team in scoring with 19 points (8+11) while Chase McIntyre is second with 16 points, including a team-best nine goals. In goal, the Adanacs have the tandem of Nate Faccin (10.77 GAA, .778 save percentage) and Andrew Gallant (13.09 GAA, .779 save percentage).
Entering Week 5, Langley is tied for first in goals per game (12.5) while Coquitlam has averaged a league-low 7.2 goals per game. The Thunder are also tops in goals against at 7.7 while the Adanacs are sixth at 12.2
The special teams battle also favours Langley as the Thunder broke out in their last game with five power play goals in eight chances and they now sit fifth at .355 with 11 goals in 31 chances. Eight of those goals have come off the stick of Dobbie, which leads the league. The Thunder penalty kill is tied for second, allowing a league-low seven goals on 21 chances (.667). Coquitlam finds themselves in seventh place in both categories as their power play is 4-for-18 (.222) and the penalty kills has allowed 11 goals on 21 chances (.476).