Thunder finish on winning note

by Gary Ahuja

The Langley Thunder wrapped up their 2018 Western Lacrosse Association season the same way they began it: with a victory over the visiting Burnaby Lakers.

Langley never trailed on Wednesday night at Langley Events Centre, defeating the Lakers 11-9 to clinch fifth place in the WLA standings as the victory allowed the Thunder to finish the season with a 7-10-1 record. Burnaby, which still has one game to play, sits at 6-10-1 as both teams will watch next month’s WLA playoffs from the sidelines.

In Wednesday’s contest, Connor Robinson led the way with three goals and an assist while Johnny Pearson and Cole Shafer both had a goal and three helpers,

Langley jumped out to a 3-1 lead and the teams went to the locker room tied at three following the first period. And after neither team scored for the first eight minutes of the middle frame, the Thunder would score four times before the period ended to lead 7-5 after 40 minutes. The Lakers would pull within a goal in the third before Langley’s power play put the game out of reach.

The Thunder finished 4-for-5 with the man advantage while Burnaby was 3-for8.

Eli Salama, Reece Callies, Tyler Pace, James Rahe, Tanner Rennich and JP Kealey had goal apiece to round out Langley’s scoring.

In goal, Torin Van Rheenen made 24 saves on 30 shots over the final 40 minutes while Jake Sundar stopped 12 of 15 shots in the first period.

Dane Stevens led Burnaby with four goals and six points while Scott Jones had three goals and four points. The Lakers finish up the season on Saturday in Nanaimo.


For more information:

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