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The Langley Thunder would lead from start to finish as they picked up a 9-7 win over the New Westminster Salmonbellies on Wednesday night.
Curtis Dickson and Tristan Kirkham led the way for Langley with both picking up hat tricks.
Both goaltenders faced a ton of rubber. Cam MacLeod stopped 41 of 50 shots in the loss. Frank Scigliano faced 57 shots and stopped 50.
The Kirkham Show in The First Period
It was all Kirkham to start off the game for the Thunder. After going scoreless for the majority of the period, Kirkham got Langley on the board with 9:25 left in the period.
Kirkham struck again 1:29 later to give Langley a 2-0 advantage.
Ryan Martel kept New Westminster within striking distance. He score with 2:49 left in the period to narrow the lead to 2-1.
Langley restored their two-goal cushion with 49 seconds left on the clock off a goal from Curtis Dickson to make it 3-1 for the Thunder at the first intermission.
Langley Holds on to Momentum
The Salmonbellies opened the scoring with a marker from Haiden Dickson on the power play to get back within one.
However, Langley would pull away with a four-goal run with Jordan Roberts and Kirkham finding the back of the net as well as Jake Bowen potting a pair to go up 7-2.
New Westminster closed out the second period with a run of their own with goals from Martel and Ilija Gajic, but the ‘Bellies still trailed 7-4 heading into the final frame.
Thunder Finish What They Started
Mitch Jones scored on the power play 1:28 into the third period to finish a three-goal run for New Westminster. Suddenly, the Salmonbellies were back within striking distance at 7-5.
Curtis Dickson replied 1:04 later and added another shorthanded at 10:21 to put the Thunder ahead 9-5.
The Salmonbellies’ late comeback was not enough as the Thunder led from start to finish. Jordan McBride scored with 1:30 left and Jones added another with the extra attacker with 1:09 left, but that was as close as New Westminster would get.
- Curtis Dickson, Langley Thunder
- Mitch Jones, New Westminster Salmonbellies
- Tristan Kirkham, Langley Thunder
Curtis Dickson, 3g 2a
Dane Dobbie, 4a
Tristan Kirkham, 3g
Jake Bowen, 2g 1a
Robert Church, 3a
New Westminster Salmonbellies
Mitch Jones, 2g 3a
Ryan Martel, 2g 1a
Will Malcom, 3a