Thunder win without Curtis Dickson

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Langley Thunder picked up an 11-7 win over the Maple Ridge Burrards on Wednesday night without Curtis Dickson in the lineup.

Dickson sits second in team scoring and leads the WLA in assists. He’s currently in San Diego playing for Canada at the World Lacrosse Championships.

To pick up the slack, Connor Robinson ended the night with four goals. Tristan Kirkham added a pair of markers, while Nathaniel Kozevnikov continues to make an impact since being added to the lineup with two goals.

This was a penalty-filled affair as the two teams combined for 28 minutes in penalties.

Back-and-forth battle in the first period

The game remained scoreless through the first 6:30 of the game until Robinson got Langley on the board. Kirkham followed that up 1:32 later to put the Thunder up 2-0.

Garret Winter scored the first marker for the Burrards with 7:45 left in the first period to cut Langley’s lead in half.

Robinson replied with a feed from Robert Church shorthanded with 6:01 left to give Langley a 3-1 lead.

Mitchell Nolet kept Maple Ridge within striking distance with 3:57 on the clock. However, Kozevnikov restored the two-goal lead 27 seconds later.

Kaden Doughty rounded out the first-period scoring, bringing the Burrards within one goal, 4-3.

Thunder pull away in the second

Doughty added his second of the game only 15 seconds into period number two to knot the game up 4-4. After that, the Thunder took over the game.

Robinson scored on the power play at 3:57 to start a four-goal run by Langley. Also scoring were Kozevnikov, Jacob Motiuk, and Kirkham.

Winter found the back of the net on the power play with 26 seconds remaining in the second period to make the score 8-5 for Langley heading into the final frame.

Victory without Curtis Dickson

Jake Bowen opened the scoring for Langley 1:52 into the third period on a solo effort on the power play. Robinson added his fourth of the game at 7:02 as the Thunder doubled up the Burrards 10-5.

Maple Ridge pushed back when Langley got into penalty trouble late in the third period. Ryan Jones and Winter scored to get the Burrards back within three.

An empty net goal by Jake Boudreau with five seconds left would seal the win without Curtis Dickson for the Thunder with a final score of 11-7.

Three Stars

  1. Connor Robinson, Langley Thunder
  2. Robert Church, Langley Thunder
  3. Kaden Doughty, Maple Ridge Burrards

Top Scorers

Langley Thunder

Connor Robinson, 4g

Robert Church, 4a

Dane Dobbie, 3a

Maple Ridge Burrards

Garret Winter, 3g 1a

Kaden Doughty, 2g

Ryan Jones, 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.