Gallant Stellar In Net As Adanacs Add To Langley’s Woes

The Coquitlam Adanacs traveled to the Langley Events Centre Wednesday night to take on the Langley Thunder, kicking off Week 4 in the WLA. The Adanacs were coming off a win against Nanaimo, while the Thunder got their first win of the season over Maple Ridge. Coquitlam got another stellar performance from goaltender Andrew Gallant, who made 41 saves in an 11-5 win. The Adanacs improve to 3-4 with the win, while the Thunder drop to 1-5 on the year.

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Gallant, Adanacs shut Langley out in first period

Gallant started off the game by turning aside all 13 Langley shots he faced in the first period. Coquitlam got goals from Adam Noakes (7:04), Jordan Roberts (17:30), and Matthew Delmonico (18:22) to take a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. The Adanacs extended their lead to 5-0 in the second period when Clark Walter assisted Noakes (3:53), then scored himself (4:44). The teams then traded goals the rest of the period, with Coquitlam getting markers from Tyler Kirkby (10:28 power play), Riley Isaacs (15:44), and Tyler Garrison (19:13). Langley finally solved Gallant, with goals from Kyle Brunsch (6:52), Nathan Lam (13:48), and Tristan Kirkham (17:33), but trailed 8-3 going into the third period.

Too Little, Too Late for the Thunder

Thomas Semple scored twice (3:45; 6:42) and Roberts added his second (4:55) to put Coquitlam up 11-3 early in the third period. Unfortunately for Langley, they couldn’t even mount an equal response, managing goals from Robert Church (14:58) and Kirkham’s second (15:48). Gallant finished his night stopping 16 of 18 shots from the Thunder in the third period. Coquitlam is now tied for third place in the WLA with Burnaby (Coquitlam has the edge in goal differential despite two more losses).

The 1st Star of the Game was given to Gallant for his performance. Church (1g, 4a) took home 2nd Star honors, and Clark Walter (1g, 3a) earned 3rd Star of the Game. Each tam had just six minutes in penalties. The Adanacs face Nanaimo for the third time this season on Saturday, while Langley takes on Maple Ridge in a rubber match this Sunday. Langley and Coquitlam meet again on July 3.

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