Scanlan, Church each have nine-point games as Thunder win in Maple Ridge

by Gary Ahuja

Frank Scigliano makes a save against the Maple Ridge Burrards during WLA action at Langley Events Centre on July 6. Scigliano and his Langley Thunder teammates went into Maple Ridge and won 13-6 on Sunday (July 17) night. Ryan Molag LEC file photo

There is something about playing in Maple Ridge for Chase Scanlan.

In his first Western Lacrosse Association game back on May 29, Scanlan scored six times as the Langley Thunder defeated the host Maple Ridge Burrards 13-12. And on Sunday night, Scanlan and his Thunder teammates were back at Maple Ridge’s Cam Neely Arena with Scanlan scoring four goals and finishing with nine points as Langley defeated the Burrards 13-6.

The win improves Langley to 8-5 on the season with Maple Ridge falling to 1-11.

Maple Ridge led Sunday’s game 3-1 after 20 minutes before the Thunder exploded for eight goals in the middle stanza, leading by a score of 9-5.

Scanlan’s big night was matched by his teammate Robert Church, who also scored four times and set up five goals as they were the first and second stars, respectively, while third star was Connor Robinson (three goals, two assists). Robinson, the Thunder captain, has 13 points in his last two games.

Colin Munro (one goal, three assists) and Tristan Kirkham – a junior call-up for the Thunder – had the other Langley goals,

Frank Scigliano made 37 saves in his first game for Langley in his old Maple Ridge arena. The goaltender allowed just three goals on 27 shots over the final 40 minutes.

Brett Kujala scored twice for Maple Ridge with Will Clayton finishing with a pair of assists.

Nate Faccin had 43 saves for the Burrards as his team was outshot 56-43.

Next up for the Thunder is a third-straight road game as they travel to New Westminster’s Queen’s Park Arena to face the Salmonbellies (6-8).