Thunder look for revenge against Timbermen

by Gary Ahuja

A furious rally in the game’s second half ultimately came up short, as the Langley Thunder are still searching for their first victory away from home.

The Thunder were on the wrong end of a 16-13 score to the host Nanaimo Timbermen on Sunday in Nanaimo, but the Langley squad will get a chance to exact revenge when the two senior A lacrosse clubs collide on Wednesday (June 20), this time at Langley Events Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.

The victory pulled the Timbermen (3-5) ahead of the Thunder (2-5) in the race for fourth place in the Western Lacrosse Association standings, although Langley still holds a game in hand.

Sunday’s contest could not have started any worse for the Thunder as they were trailing 5-0 before the game was even 14 minutes old and down 8-0 at the 2:13 mark of the second stanza.

The rest of the way was a different story with Langley scoring 13 goals compared to eight conceded. Alas, a game is 60-minutes long, but the team can take momentum from how they finished rather than how they started, said head coach Rod Jensen.

“Unfortunately, with this league, you can’t afford to always trying to catch up,” the coach said. “We had moments of good lacrosse, but it is just not good enough at this level.”

Even more disappointing was the fact the Thunder were facing a team which played the night before and only scored three goals. Twenty-four hours later, largely the same roster managed to increase their goal output by double digits.

Jensen said it is more than just his goaltending being better – which it needs to be, he added – but also for the defence to make things uncomfortable for the opponent.

“We are not aggressive enough, not dirty but aggressive” he said, explained about getting into players’ faces. “We are giving them too many passing and shooting lanes and they are really taking advantage of it without the threat of getting hit.”


For more information:

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