Thunder, Adanacs set to renew hostilities

by Gary Ahuja

The Langley Thunder look to complete the home-and-home sweep as they welcome the Coquitlam Adanacs to Langley Events Centre as the teams meet for the second time in a span of five days.

On Saturday night, the Senior A lacrosse teams met in Coquitlam with the Thunder allowing just one goal over the final 29 minutes while the duo of Dane Dobbie and Connor Robinson erupted for a combined 17 points in a 12-8 victory.

The win improved the Thunder to 2-5 and dropped the Adanacs to 1-6 in Western Lacrosse Association standings. And now Langley looks to get closer to the playoff pack while creating even more distance between themselves and the Adanacs in the process when the teams renew their rivalry on Wednesday (June 19) night with a 7:30 p.m. start time.

To do so, however, the Thunder need to find a way to win a home game, something that has eluded them in four tries already this season.

Following the Thunder’s last home game, head coach Rod Jensen talked about how injuries on the right-side (Tyler Pace has yet to play while Garrett Billings and James Rahe have played just three and four games, respectively) had forced to him to dress more left-handers and that was limiting the chances of allowing Connor Robinson and Dane Dobbie to continue developing chemistry on the left-side.

But the team swung a trade last week, acquiring right-handers Coady Adamson and Brodie Gillespie from the Burnaby Lakers (and a second-round draft pick) in exchange for Brandon Clelland. The move paid immediate dividends with Adamson setting up four goals and Gillespie scoring once and assisting on two others.

With more offensive balance on the floor, Dobbie and Robinson delivered as the former had five goals and nine points while the latter had two goals and seven points.

Andrew Garant (two goals), Brad McCulley (one goal) and Dylan Kinnear (one goal) rounded out Langley’s scoring attack.

Langley’s power play struck for three goals on four chances while the penalty kill allowed just one goal on three opportunities.

In goal, Steve Fryer continued his solid season, stopping another 42 shots. Fryer is fourth in save percentage (.829) and fifth in goals against average (9.40) and fifth in total saves (170).

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For more information:

Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Centre, 604.613.5242 (cell), 604.455.8830 (office) or email.