Scanlan scores OT winner as Thunder top Burrards

by Gary Ahuja

Connor Robinson (in action during a June 21 game between Langley and Maple Ridge at Langley Events Centre) scored twice on Sunday (July 9) in his team's 7-6 overtime win over the Maple Ridge Burrards at Maple Ridge's Cam Neely Arena. Gary Ahuja LEC file photo

Chase Scanlan scored the overtime winner while Aden Walsh made 60 saves as the Langley Thunder became the first team to clinch their spot in the Western Lacrosse Association playoffs.

Scanlan scored at 3:22 of the overtime period, sending the Thunder to a 7-6 win over the Maple Ridge Burrards on Sunday night at Maple Ridge's Cam Neely Arena.

Langley improved to 11-2 and 22 points while the Burrards fell to 3-7-2 and seven points, sitting fifth in the WLA standings. It was Maple Ridge's second consecutive overtime defeat as they try and chase down the fourth and final playoff berth. They sit four points back but do have a game in hand.

The game was a goaltender's duel with Walsh (60 saves) and Joel Watson (46 saves) combining to stop 106 of the 119 shots they faced, earning the first and second stars, in the process.

Neither team was able to build more than a one-goal advantage throughout the entire 63:22 of game action.

Curtis Dickson (2+3) and Connor Robinson (2+1) each scored twice for the Thunder with Robert Church (1+1), Kinnear and Scanlan scoring once apiece.

At the other end, Dennan Armstrong (1+3) and Ryan Jones (2+1) led the Burrards with Gabe Procyk, Will Clayton and Dylan McIntosh adding a goal apiece.

Maple Ridge went 3-for-4 against the top-ranked Thunder penalty kill unit was Langley's power play was 2-for-5.

Next up for the Thunder is a home game on Wednesday, July 12 as they host the Nanaimo Timbermen (8-4, 16 points) at Langley Events Centre. Game time is 7:00pm.