The Langley Thunder further solidified their hold on the top seed for the WLA playoffs, beating the Maple Ridge Burrards 9-7 Wednesday night at the Langley Events Centre. Langley improves to 13-3, two games ahead of New Westminster; however, New West has games in hand. Maple Ridge falls to 3-11-1 as they drop their sixth straight game.

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Burrards keep up with Thunder through first period

Robert Church got the Thunder on the board just 22 seconds into the game. Nash Moog (7:46 shorthanded) equalized for Maple Ridge. Nathaniel Kozevnikov (12:44) put Langley up briefly, until Drew Andre (13:39) and Brett Kujala (14:46) answered to give the Burrards the lead. Dane Dobbie (15:35) then found the net for the Thunder to make it 3-3 after one period.

Gabe Procyk (1:44) restored a Burrards lead early in the second period. Curtis Dickson tied the game again with a power play marker 23 seconds later. Will Clayton (10:34) made it 5-4 Maple Ridge, but then the wheels fell off.

Five-goal run seals another win for the Thunder

The Thunder reeled off five unanswered goals into the third period. Dobbie (11:28), Church (14:26 power play), and Dobbie again (17:08) put Langley up 7-5 at the second intermission. The run continued with Kozevnikov scoring his second (4:40) and Bobby Kidd III (7:13) extending the lead to 9-5. Dylan McIntosh (13:37) and Ryan Jones (19:56 extra attacker) finished the scoring for the Burrards.

Langley outshot Maple Ridge 57-41 for the game. Dobbie (3g, 3a) was named 1st Star of the Game, and Dickson (1g, 4a) took home 2nd Star honors for the Thunder. Procyk (1g, 2a) earned 3rd Star for Maple Ridge, who play at New West on 7/27 and at Victoria on 7/28. Langley plays at Nanaimo Sunday, then hosts Burnaby on 7/26.

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“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 covers NLL, PLL, WLA, and Major Series Lacrosse for the network.