Chase Scanlan Scores OT Winner as Thunder Even Championship Series

Chase Scanlan scored with 1:22 left in overtime as the Langley Thunder defeated the New Westminster Salmonbellies 6-5 in Game 4 of the WLA finals.

After New Westminster won in double overtime two nights ago, these two teams ended up playing extra time again. This time it was Langley coming out on top to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2.

What we know now is that Game 5 will be played on Thursday night in New Westminster and we will have a Game 6 in Langley on Saturday night. If needed, Game 7 will be Tuesday, Aug. 29, in New Westminster.

Evenly Matched Through The First Period

The closely contested series continued into the first period of Game 4 as the two teams could only muster one goal a piece.

Clay Scanlan opened the scoring 1:49 into the game. He dodged a few New Westminster defenders before burying one from the top of the crease passed Zach Higgins.

Both teams would then go scoreless for the next 14:08. Keegan Bal broke the stalemate by dialing in from long distance to tie it up 1-1.

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Can’t Break The Tie

There was a bit more offense in the second period. However, neither team could break the tie.

On the power play, Curtis Dickson picked up a loose ball at midfield. He found Connor Robinson all alone at the side of the crease to give Langley a 2-1 lead 4:48 into the second period.

Haiden Dickson replied 2:04 later. He went five-hole, which snuck by Frank Scigliano to tie it up 2-2.

With 1:51 left in the second, Dane Dobbie found Clay Scanlan in front of the net. Clay tightrope-walked around the crease for the goal to put Langley ahead again.

Robert Church got caught back on defense in the dying minutes of the second. He tried to tie up Brett Mydske on transition. However, Mydske shoveled a one-handed pass to Patrick Shoemay, who got the ball back to Mydske for the goal to tie it 3-3 at the second break.

Third Period Dramatics

Once again, neither team was giving an inch heading into the third period.

Dobbie’s shot through traffic 1:36 into the third period gave Langley the lead 4-3.

Both teams went scoreless for 18:06. With 18 seconds left in the game and Higgins on the bench for the extra attacker, Will Malcom scored the game-tying goal while falling backward to send the game into overtime.

Chase Scanlan The Overtime Hero

Kevin Crowley gave New Westminster their first lead of the game1:24 into the first overtime period. Crowley dodged a pair of defenders to give the Salmonbellies a 5-4 advantage.

Dylan Kinnear replied with 4:42 left in the first overtime to tie it 5-5 and it started to look like shades of Sunday night’s double overtime game.

Chase Scanlan then scored a massive goal for Langley with 1:22 left in the first overtime to give the Thunder the 6-5 win and the Thunder even up the series.

Three Stars

  1. Frank Scigliano, Langley Thunder
  2. Zach Higgins, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  3. Clay Scanlan, Langley Thunder

Top Scorers

Langley Thunder

Curtis Dickson, 3a

Robert Church, 3a

Connor Robinson, 1g 1a

Clay Scanlan, 2g

Nathaniel Kozevnikov, 2a

Dane Dobbie, 1g 1a

Chase Scanlan, 1g 1a

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Mitch Jones, 2a

Kevin Crowley, 1g 1a

Keegan Bal, 1g 1a

Haiden Dickson, 1g 1a

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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.