Burnaby Losing Skid Hits Four With Loss To Langley

The Burnaby Lakers hosted the Langley Thunder at Bill Copeland Arena on Friday night to close out Week 6 of the WLA. The Thunder were coming off a loss to last-place Nanaimo on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Lakers have struggled as of late after a 3-1 start to the season. The woes continued for Burnaby, as Robert Church scored the only goal of the third period to break an 8-8 tie and send the Lakers to their fourth straight loss, 9-8. Langley improves to 4-6, currently in a three-way tie for third place with Maple Ridge and Coquitlam. Burnaby falls to 3-5, tied with Nanaimo for last place, and now a game out of a potential playoff spot. These teams will meet once more in the final week of the season.


McDonald and Dunbar carry the load for Burnaby

Clay Scanlan opened the scoring for Langley at the 3:01 mark. Robert Church followed at 9:25 to make it 2-0. A power play goal from Jacob Dunbar (13:19) cut the lead in half, but Nathaniel Kozevnikov restored the Thunder’s two-goal lead at 14:49. Ben McDonald (18:23) pulled Burnaby within one before the end of the first period.

A Burnaby penalty late in the first period allowed Chase Scanlan to net a power play goal for Langley early in the second period (0:39). Quick replies from Ben Stewart (1:09) and Connor Watson (3:01) tied the game at 4-4. Connor Robinson (6:37) put Langley back on top, but not for long. McDonald went back-to-back (6:56; 8:09), and Dunbar added his second (9:39 shorthanded) to give Burnaby their first lead of the game, 7-5.

Scanlan, Church send Lakers to fourth straight loss

The Burnaby lead was short-lived, as power play goals from Chase Scanlan (10:02) and Church (11:43) tied the game again. Chase Scanlan added another at even strength (13:33) to put the Thunder ahead 8-7. McDonald’s fourth goal of the night (15:45 power play) leveled the game once more, 8-8. Nearly twenty minutes of game time would pass before Church (15:40 third period) netted the game winner for Langley.

The Thunder outshot the Lakers 60-47, but lost the faceoff battle 11-9. Chase Scanlan (3g, 3a) was named 1st Star of the Game, while Robinson (1g, 4a) was named 2nd Star. McDonald’s (4g) performance earned him 3rd Star honors for Burnaby. Aden Walsh made 39 saves in net for Langley, while Alex Buque turned aside 51 for the Lakers in the loss. In Week 7, Langley hosts Coquitlam Wednesday, then travels to Nanaimo Sunday. Burnaby hosts Nanaimo Tuesday and Maple Ridge on Friday.

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

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