Shorthanded goal lifts Thunder to victory

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

Curtis Dickson played superman once again. His shorthanded goal with 15 seconds left in play lifted the Langley Thunder to a 10-9 road win against the Nanaimo Timbermen on Saturday night.

It was a wild game where special teams proved to be the key. Ten goals were scored on the power play, while each team had a shorthanded goal.

It was also the debut of Frank Scigliano with the Thunder after it was announced that he, Jarrett Toll, Trent Kellner, Thomas Vaesen and Colin Munro had signed with the team earlier in the week. Scigliano stopped 36 of 45 shots for the win.

For the Timbermen, they gave Charles Claxton the night off in goal. Ethan Woods got the nod and stopped 33 of 43 shots.

The game would also be a battle for third place in the standings. The victory puts Langley in third with a record of 2-1, while the Timbermen sit in fourth with a 2-3 record.

Langley jumps out to an early lead

It took until the 5:10 mark of the first period before anyone would get on the board. Adam Wiedemann would score shorthanded for the Timbermen as Nanaimo drew first blood.

Langley would outscore Nanaimo 5-2 for the remainder of the period. It started with a three-goal run. Dane Dobbie scored a pair of goals, while Dickson had one.

Jon Phillips’ power-play goal at 12:02 would get the Timbermen back within one, 3-2. Dobbie would score on the power play at 15:29 and Chase Scanlan added a goal at 17:04 as Langley began to pull away 5-2.

Taggart Clark rounded at the first period scoring for the Timbermen at 17:29 to make it 5-3 for the Thunder at the break.

Timbermen claw their way back into the game

The second period saw the goaltenders really struggle. The Timbermen would score four goals off of only five shots, while the Thunder scored three goals off of four shots.

It started with Clark scoring this second of the game with the man-advantage 2:38 into the second period. Scanlan would answer the bell 12 seconds later to restore the two-goal cushion 6-4.

Phillips would score at 3:22, again on the power play, but the Timbermen could not sustain any momentum. Dobbie would score on the power play at 7:22 as the two teams continued to exchange goals.

Zach Manns would pull the Timbermen back within one at 12:28 to make the score 7-6. Scanlan would score again on the power play at 15:07 to make it 8-6, but Phillips’ power-play marker at 16:37 would make it 8-7 coming home.

Dickson scores a shorthanded goal for the game-winner

Phillips continued to dominate on special teams as he scored on the power play at 5:17 to open the third-period scoring and tied the game for the Timbermen 8-8.

Colton Lidstone scored for Nanaimo at 7:46 to complete a three-goal run and suddenly the Timbermen were ahead 9-8.

Langley proved to have just too much firepower. At the 14:50 mark, Scanlan would find the back of the net to knot the game up at nine.

Kellner took what could have been a costly interference penalty with 1:17 left to play for the Thunder. However, for Langley, the bounces went their way and Dickson scored a shorthanded goal with 15 seconds left in the goal to win it for the Thunder.

Three Stars

  1. Curtis Dickson, Langley
  2. Zach Manns, Nanaimo
  3. Dane Dobbie, Langley

Top Scorers

Langley Thunder

Curtis Dickson, 2g 4a

Dane Dobbie, 4g 1a

Chase Scanlan, 4g 1a

Nanaimo Timbermen

Zach Manns, 1g 5a

Jon Phillips, 4g 1a

Taggart Clark, 2g 2a

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.