“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk – All Lacrosse All The Time, a division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
The Langley Thunder defeated the Peterborough Lakers 9-4 in Game 6 of the Mann Cup Finals in front of 4,008 fans at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough Friday night. With the win, the Thunder ties the best-of-seven series at three games apiece and forces a winner-take-all Game 7 Saturday night. A Peterborough win in Game 7 would complete another historic Mann Cup four-peat, while a Langley triumph would break the 36-year drought of teams from British Columbia winning a Mann Cup in Ontario.
Thunder set the tone early
Needing to win to stave off elimination, Langley came out hot right from the opening whistle. Dylan Kinnear (3g, 1a) opened the scoring 27 seconds into the game. Kiel Matisz (1g, 1a; 4:32) equalized for Peterborough. Thomas Vaesen (9:17) and Dane Dobbie (4g, 2a; 10:30) gave the Thunder a 3-1 lead. Holden Cattoni (1g, 2a; 12:49) cut the lead to one, but Dobbie, playing in his first ever Mann Cup final, netted his second of the game at 13:53. The Thunder would lead 4-2 after 20 minutes of play, holding a 17-12 advantage in shots.
Five-goal run shuts the door for Thunder
Shawn Evans, the new all-time leader in Mann Cup scoring, scored for Peterborough at 7:53 of the second period to close the gap to 4-3. The Thunder responded with a five-goal run into the third period to end any hopes of an early weekend celebration for the Lakers. Kinnear’s second (11:56), followed by shorthanded markers from Curtis Dickson (1g, 5a; 16:39) and Dobbie (18:06) made it 7-3 Langley. Second period shots favored the Lakers, 19-17, with Langley holding a 34-31 edge through two periods.
Dobbie’s fourth of the night (4:08 third period), and Kinnear’s hat-trick goal (9:10; power play) extended the Thunder’s lead to six. Taite Cattoni responded for Peterborough at 10:12, but Thunder goalie Frank Scigliano would stymie the Lakers’ offense the rest of the way.
Other Stats of Note
Lakers forwards Joe Resetarits and Mark Matthews were held to two and three assists for the game, respectively.
Robert Church had 5 assists and Connor Robinson chipped in on three of the Thunder goals.
Matt Vinc had 39 saves on 48 shots for Peterborough, while Frank Scigliano allowed just four goals on 53 shots for Langley.
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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 currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.