Adanacs’ comeback falls short against Langley

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

Coquitlam nearly got their first win of the season, but the Adanacs’ comeback fell short in a 10-9 loss to the Langley Thunder on Tuesday night.

The Thunder held a slim 9-8 lead heading into the third period, but Tristan Kirkham’s goal 3:17 into the final frame held up as the game-winner.

Langley re-activated forward Nathaniel Kozevnikov and he made an immediate impact. He finished his first game of the season with two goals and three assists and first-star honours.

Connor Robinson, Kozenikov, and Robert Church each had five points to lead the way for the Thunder. Chase McIntyre was a playmaker for Coquitlam with five assists. Jalen Chaster and Vinny Riccic each dropped hat tricks for the Adanacs.

Tied after one period

It didn’t take long for the Adanacs to set the tone. Chaster found the back of the net 34 seconds into the game followed by Ricci less than a minute later to give Coquitlam a very early 2-0 lead.

Langley fought right back. Robinson scored 8:07 into the period before Kozevnikov tied it up with 7:14 left in the first period.

The Adanacs took back the lead with a three-goal run in a matter of 1:07. Clark Walter grabbed a pair of goals and Ricci found the back of the net to put the Adancs up 5-2.

Kozevnikov and Church each had unassisted goals and Dane Dobbie scored with 1:10 left in the period to make it 5-5 at the first break.

Thunder takes a slight edge

Special teams took over early in the second period. Dobbie gave the Thunder the lead with a shorthanded marker 1:23 into the second.

The Adanacs would get the goal right back on the same man advantage with a goal from Chaster.

Robinson and Church scored power-play goals 1:10 apart as Langley stretched their lead to 8-6.

At 8:12, Chaster scored unassisted followed by Brett Draper 35 seconds later on an individual effort to tie up the game once again.

Jake Bowen rounded out the scoring with 10:34 left to play as the Thunder held a 9-8 lead heading into the third period.

Comeback falls short for the Adanacs

The Adanacs’ comeback fell short in the third period. But it wasn’t for a lack of trying. They outshot Langley 17-7 in the final frame, yet Thunder netminder Frank Scigliano turned aside 16 of those shots.

Kirkham scored 3:17 into the third period, which would prove to be the game-winner when it was all said and done.

Ricci scored with 10:26 left in the game to get Coquitlam within one. However, the Adanacs couldn’t find the equalizer as they lost 10-9.

Three Stars

  1. Nathaniel Kozenikov, Langley Thunder
  2. Chase McIntyre, Coquitlam Adanacs
  3. Robert Church, Langley Thunder

Top Scorers

Langley Thunder

Connor Robinson, 2g 3a

Nathaniel Kozevnikov, 2g 3a

Rober Church, 2g 3a

Coquitlam Adanacs

Chase McIntyre, 5a

Brett McIntyre, 3a

Adam Noakes, 3a

Jalen Chaster, 3g

Vinny Ricci, 3g

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.