Thunder road trip comes home empty-handed

by Gary Ahuja

Langley Thunder's Robert Church was named the JM Media WLA Player of the Week for week four after scoring seven goals and 12 points over three games. Ryan Molag Langley Events Centre photo

It was not the weekend road trip the Langley Thunder envisioned.

The senior A lacrosse team played back-to-back road games against the top two teams in the Western Lacrosse Association and returned home empty-handed, losing 10-9 against the Coquitlam Adanacs and 18-7 versus the Victoria Shamrocks.

The results leave Langley at 3-3 and in fourth place in the standings with Victoria leading the way at 5-1 while Coquitlam is at 5-2. The Nanaimo Timbermen – who the Thunder beat in back-to-back games ahead of the road trip -- sit third at 4-4.

Against the Adanacs, Robert Church put Langley ahead 5-4 with a goal just before the second-period buzzer. The Thunder extended the lead to 7-4 less than four minutes into the final period before Coquitlam scored six of the last eight goals for the one-goal victory.

Dane Dobbie led Langley with four goals and six points while Church had a pair of goals and a helper and Thomas Vaesen, Colin Munro and Curtis Dickson each potted a goal and an assist.

Matt Delmonico, John Hofseth and Clark Walter each scored twice for the Adanacs with Christian Del Bianco making 41 saves on 50 shots. Langley’s Frank Scigliano finished with 42 saves on 52 shots.

Victoria scored eight uninterrupted goals in the first 10:43and never looked back as they silenced the Thunder 18-7.

Church (two goals, two assists), Vaesen (two goals, one assist) and Chase Scanlan each scored twice for Langley with Dickson adding a goal and two helpers. Scigliano (21 saves on 33 shots) and Gord Bowden (18 saves on 24 shots) shared the goaltending duties.

The Shamrocks’ Jesse King – the WLA leading scorer – had a monster game with two goals and 10 points and Larsen Sundown had three goals and two assists. Five other Victoria players had two-goal games.

Pete Dubenski stopped 50 of the 57 Langley shots.


On Monday, Church was named the JM Media WLA Player for week four after scoring seven goals and a dozen points in three games.