The Langley Thunder faced the Burnaby Lakers at Bill Copeland Arena Friday night in a Week 4 WLA matchup. Burnaby was coming off their first win of the season, while the Thunder were tied for first place in the standings. League-leading scorer Jacob Dunbar had another great game for Burnaby with 4 goals, but Langley got 17 combined points from Dane Dobbie and Curtis Dickson in a 16-13 victory. The win keeps them atop the standings at 5-1; Burnaby falls to 1-5 on the year.

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Langley takes control with big second period

Burnaby opened the game with a flurry of goals. Connor Watson scored 30 seconds in, then Dunbar went back-to-back (2:32; 2:59) for a 3-0 lead. Dickson (5:51) broke the run and got Langley on the board, but Connor Goodwin replied with a shorthanded goal (8:23) for the Lakers. Dobbie scored a power play goal (9:06), but Burnaby continued to respond, with Laszlo Henning (9:24) restoring their three-goal lead, 5-2. Dickson scored his second (13:18), only for Toron Eccleston (16:20) to put Burnaby up three again.

However, Langley would score 11 of the next 12 goals through the end of the second period to take control of the game. Jordan Roberts (16:44) and Dickson’s hat-trick goal (19:17 shorthanded) cut the Lakers’ lead to 6-5 after one period. The second period saw five goals from Dobbie (1:46; 8:56 power play; 11:00 power play; 16:48; 18:00 power play), Dickson’s fourth (4:59), two from Tristan Kirkham (11:51; 13:11), and a marker from Connor Robinson (19:55 extra attacker). Dunbar (15:08) notched his hat trick with the only goal of the second period for the Lakers, who trailed 14-7 going into the third period.

Langley withstands late surge from Burnaby

Jayden Reschny (3:44) started to chip away at the Thunder’s lead. Dobbie’s seventh goal of the game (10:08 power play) put the Langley lead back at seven goals. Burnaby then scored four straight to close the gap. Dunbar’s fourth (12:26), WakeRiat Bowhunter (14:48 power play), Ty Ewen (15:28), and Watson’s second (15:48) made it a 15-12 game. Bobby Kidd III scored an empty-netter (18:27) to increase Langley’s lead to four again. With time running out, the Lakers could only manage Eccleston’s second (19:05 extra attacker).

Dobbie (7g, 2a) was named 1st Star of the Game. Dunbar (4g) was named 2nd Star, and Dickson (4g, 4a) took home 3rd Star honors. Shots were 56-41 in favor of Langley. Gordie Phillips went 17 of 32 at the faceoff dot for Burnaby. Frank Scigliano made 28 saves for the Thunder in the win. Langley visits winless Coquitlam Tuesday, then hosts Maple Ridge on Wednesday. Burnaby has a tough triple-header next week: at New Westminster Thursday, home against Victoria Saturday, then at Nanaimo on Sunday.

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and covers NLL, PLL, WLA, and Major Series Lacrosse for the network.