Thunder Exact Revenge on Salmonbellies

The Langley Thunder hosted the New Westminster Salmonbellies at the Langley Events Centre Wednesday night to kick off Week 5 of the WLA. The Salmonbellies came into the game at 4-1, hot on the heels of league frontrunners Victoria. Meanwhile, the Thunder were 2-5, with one of those losses being an 11-2 drubbing at the hands of New West. The Thunder would exact some revenge, with a big second period propelling them to an 8-5 victory. The Salmonbellies remain in second place behind Victoria despite the loss. Langley is now 3-5, jumping to fifth place, tied with Burnaby in the win column, and now one game behind Coquitlam for third place.

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Thunder take control in second period

Charles Scanlan scored just 54 seconds into the game to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. Nearly half the period elapsed until Logan Schuss (10:21) and Toru Morimatsu (12:28) put the Salmonbellies up 2-1. The score held up into the second period, when Robert Church (0:57), Graydon Bradley (2:50), and Nathaniel Kozevnikov (4:32) rallied to make it 4-2 in favor of Langley. Will Malcom went back-to-back (7:55; 8:37) to tie the game up for New Westminster, but Kozevnikov’s second goal (11:59) and Charles Scanlan’s second goal (12:18) restored a two-goal lead for the Thunder.

Langley slowly climbs out of WLA basement

Charles Scanlan continued the Langley run into the third with two more goals (2:04; 2:53) to extend the lead to 8-4. Jake Govett scored at 6:43 for New Westminster, but the Salmonbellies could not find any goals after that. Scanlan’s effort (4g, 2a) earned him 1st Star of the Game honors, while Thunder goaltender Aden Walsh (5GA, 43 saves) took home 2nd Star. Will Malcom (2g, 2a) won 3rd Star honors for the Salmonbellies. These two teams meet up in Week 8 for the rubber match of the series.

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

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