Aden Walsh Leads Langley to Victory Over Nanaimo

Langley goaltender Aden Walsh made 51 saves and added a goal in the Thunder’s 12-8 win over the Nanaimo Timbermen on Sunday night in WLA action.

Nanaimo had their chances, outshooting Langley 59-40, but they couldn’t solve Walsh in goal. To rub salt in the wound, Walsh sent one the distance of the floor for a goal with 38 seconds left in the game.

The win puts Langley in a tie for third place with the Coquitlam Adanacs with 11 points. The Thunder does have one game in hand. Coquitlam and Langley are both one game behind the Maple Ridge Burrards for second place.

Nanaimo Take Early First Period Lead

It didn’t take long for the Nanaimo Timbermen to get on the board. Teioshontateh McComber scored 15 seconds into the game. Langley replied on the power play at 5:14 with a goal from Connor Robinson to tie it up.

Nanaimo retook the lead at 9:23 with Jon Phillips finding the back of the net. Lukas Olsson then scored 23 seconds later to make it 3-1 for the Timbermen.

Langley rounded out the scoring with Robinson scoring another power play marker with 4:52 left to play to make it 3-2 for Nanaimo to the first break.

Chase Scanlan Takes Over

Chase Scanlan would go on to score four of Langley’s next six goals as they took over the lead in the second period.

He scored 1:16 into the period and scored again shorthanded at 4:14 to give Langley a 4-3 lead.

Jerrett Smith replied unassisted at 5:29 for Nanaimo to tie up the game. However, Chase added the natural hat trick at 7:46 to reclaim the lead 5-4.

Jason Knox tied up the game 5-5 at the 13:02 mark. Langley finished off the second with three goals from three Scanlans. Charles scored at 13:38 on the power play. Chase then scored 1:10 later to make it 7-5. Clay rounded out the scoring at 17:10 as Langley held an 8-5 lead heading into the third.

Aden Walsh Closes The Door

Langley’s run continued into the third period. Kyle Brunsch buried a feed from Robinson 2:12 into the third. Charles Scanlan made it a five-goal game on the power play at 8:40.

Nanaimo got back on the board at 9:12 with Brenden Boyle scoring unassisted. Toru Morimatsu replied back for Langley at 11:33 to make it 11-6.

The Timbermen tried to make a game of it. Taggart Clark scored power play markers at 12:32 and 15:38 to get Nanaimo within one.

However, the story of the game was Aden Walsh. He scored a goalie goal with 38 seconds left to make the final score 12-8.

Top Scorers

Langley Thunder

Connor Robinson, 2g 5a

Chase Scanlan, 4g 3a

Clay Scanlan, 1g 2a

Nathaniel Kozevnikov, 3a

Charles Scanlan, 2g 1a

Nanaimo Timbermen

Taggart Clark, 2g 1a

Jason Knox, 1g 2a

Zach Manns, 2a

Lukas Olsson, 1g 1a

Jon Phillips, 1g 1a

Teioshontateh McComber, 1g 1a

Caleb Creasor, 2a

Three Stars

  1. Aden Walsh, Langley Thunder
  2. Chase Scanlan, Langley Thunder
  3. Taggart Clark, Nanaimo Timbermen

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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.