Thunder Finish Regular Season on a Winning Note

The Langley Thunder picked up a 9-6 win over the Burnaby Lakers on Wednesday night to wrap up their regular season in the WLA.

With the win, Langley will finish with a record of 14-4 and a franchise-best win percentage of .778. The win also guarantees that Langley will finish no lower than second place and will have home floor advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The win puts Langley two points up on the New Westminster Salmonbellies for first place.

New Westminster finishes its season with games against the Maple Ridge Burrards on Thursday and the Nanaimo Timbermen on Saturday. If the Salmonbellies win both games, they will finish first. If they split and it is a tie for first, Langley holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Game On

It took 6:25 into the first period before their team got on the board. Robert Church opened the scoring for the Thunder before Dylan Kinnear scored at 9:28 to make it 2-0.

Toron Eccleston got the Lakers on the board with 3:17 left on the clock to make it 2-1 in favour of the Thunder at the first break.

Thunder Take Over Late in the Second

Once again, it took some time for both offenses to get going. Dane Dobbie found the back of the net on the power play 4:01 into the second period as the Thunder went back up by two.

The Lakers were able to tie it up with Eccleston putting the game on his back. He scored with 9:55 left in the second and followed that up 3:47 later on the power play.

Langley would take over from there. Dobbie’s power play goal with 5:23 on the clock started a three-goal run to end the second period. Church and Tristan Kirkham added markers as well. Langley held a 6-3 lead heading into the final frame.

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Heading Into The Playoffs on a High Note

Church opened the scoring in the third period at 2:10 as the Thunder took control 7-3.

However, Connor Watson was able to get Burnaby back on the board 1:12 later.

Church was unstoppable in this game. He scored goals number four and five on the night to give Langley a healthy 9-4 advantage.

Eccleston and Dunbar rounded out the scoring as Burnaby tried to mount a comeback. In the end, these two teams wrapped up their regular season by a score of 9-6.

Three Stars

  1. Robert Church, Langley Thunder
  2. Toron Eccleston, Burnaby Lakers
  3. Frank Scigliano, Langley Thunder

Top Scorers

Langley Thunder

Robert Church, 5g 2a

Dane Dobbie, 2g 3a

Jake Bowen, 2a

Jacob Motiuk, 2a

Dylan Kinnear, 1g 1a

Burnaby Lakers

Toron Ecceston, 4g

Trevayne Hunter, 3a

Laszlo Henning, 2a

Jacob Dunbar, 1g 1a

Connor Watson, 1g 1a

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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.