Thunder break through for first road win
The trio of Dane Dobbie, Garrett Billings and Connor Robinson combined for 15 points as the Langley Thunder rallied for a 12-9 victory on Saturday night.
Dobbie had five goals and seven points while Billings had six assists. And the rookie Robinson broke out in a big way, snapping a three-game pointless streak with a hat trick and five points for Langley’s first road victory in four games.
The Thunder were at the Poirier Sports Complex on Saturday night to face the last-place Coquitlam Adanacs in Western Lacrosse Association action.
Langley improved to 3-5-1 as they hit the midway point of the senior A lacrosse season while Coquitlam fell to 1-7.
And it was the Adanacs who had the early jump, scoring on three of their first five shots to take an early 3-2 lead after one. But the second period – which has a struggle for much of the season for Langley – worked in their favour this time, as they scored six of the period’s seven goals to lead 8-4.
The Adanacs would rattle off a 4-0 run in the first 10:17 of the third period before Dobbie, Robinson, Tyler Pace and Andrew Garant countered with their own 4-0 run for the Thunder.
Matt Delmonico led Coquitlam with two goals and four assists while Brett Kujala, Leighton Gibson and Vinny Ricci also had two goals apiece.
Garant, Pace and Cole Shafer finished with a goal and two helpers for Langley. Brandon Clelland also made his season debut for the Thunder, scoring once.
In goal, Tyler Richards made 34 saves for Langley while Dan Lewis stopped 46 of 58 shots.
The victory gives Langley the season series, two games to one, over Coquitlam.
The Thunder won’t have any time to savour the victory, however, as they are right back in action on Sunday (June 24) in Maple Ridge. The Burrards sit second at 5-2-0-1.
For more information:
Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Centre, 604.613.5242 (cell), 604.455.8830 (office) or email.