Langley Thunder strike down Burrards

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of Edge Of Philly Sports Network

Led by a 14-goal third period, the Langley Thunder rolled over the Maple Ridge Burrards 19-6 on Wednesday night at the Langley Events Centre.

Maple Ridge was able to keep the score close, as they were only down 5-4 heading into the final period until the Thunder’s offence started clicking. The Burrards, on the other hand, could only muster two goals in the final frame.

Dane Dobbie couldn’t be stopped for Langley as he finished the game with five goals and seven assists for 12 points. Curtis Dickson wasn’t far behind with five goals and four assists for nine points.

Langley Thunder takes the first-period lead

It took a while for both teams to settle in, but Erik Maas got Langley on the board first on the power play 3:30 into the game. Dennon Armstrong would reply for the Burrards 1:09 later to tie it up 1-1.

Dickson would put the Thunder back in the lead at the 6:52 mark. Langley would hold on to the lead until 2:52 left in the period when Ryan Jones found the back of the net for the Burrards.

With 1:24 left, Dickson would score his second. Langley would find themselves on the power play in the dying seconds of the first. With the extra attacker to give them a two-man advantage, Robert Church scored with 11 seconds left to make it 4-2 for the Thunder.

Keeping it close

Both offences struggled to find the back of the net early in the second period. It was Jones who opened the scoring at 8:21 to get the Burrards back within one.

Connor Robinson would restore Langley’s two-goal lead with 1:17 remaining in the second period. Gabe Procyk replied with eight seconds left to make the score 5-4 in favour of the Thunder.

Wheels fall off for the Burrards in the third

Right off the bat in the third period, the Thunder began to take it to the Burrards’ defence. In a 6:23 stretch, the Thunder went on a seven-goal run.

Church started the scoring 31 seconds into the period. Then enter Dobbie. He scored four straight goals. Dickson would add two more to make it 12-4 for the Thunder.

Brett Kujala scored at 6:49 to finally get the Burrards back on the scoreboard. However, a five-goal run by the Thunder would more-or-less put the game away. The run included goals from Dobbie, Church, Dickson and two from Thomas Vaesen.

Frustration boiled over at the 16:14 mark when Maple Ridge’s James Barker decided to tangle with Robinson. Barker picked up a five-minute major for roughing, while Robinson sat for two minutes for roughing.

Kujala got on the board again for the Burrards at 17:46, but Vaesen ended the game with a goal with nine seconds remaining.

Frank Scigliano picked up the win in goal, stopping 42 of 48 shots. Nate Faccin played 45:11 in goal for the Burrards, allowing 12 goals on 49 shots. Gord Bowden played the remaining 14:06 and stopped nine of 15 shots.

Three Stars

  1. Dane Dobbie, Langley Thunder
  2. Curtis Dickson, Langley Thunder
  3. Frank Scigliano, Langley Thunder

Top Scorers

Langley Thunder

Dane Dobbie, 5g 7a

Curtis Dickson, 5g 4a

Connor Robinson, 1g 6a

Maple Ridge Burrards

Brett Kujala, 2g

Ryan Jones, 2g

Gabe Procyk, 1g 1a

Will Clayton, 2a

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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.