Will Malcom Leads ‘Bellies To Rout Over Langley

Will Malcom had a nine-point night as the New Westminster Salmonbellies cruised to an 11-2 road win over the Langley Thunder on Wednesday night in WLA action.

New Westminster went with Ashton Leclair in goal and he was outstanding, stopping 30 of 32 shots. Leclaire had two shutout periods, closing the door on the Thunder in the first and third.

Question marks remain for Langley’s offence. Nathaniel Kozevnikov was in on both of Langley’s goals. However, they never really tested Leclair. Especially in the first quarter when they managed only 19 shots. Robert Church was back in the lineup for Langley but was held off the scoresheet.

Aiden Walsh got the start for the Thunder and had another rough outing. He stopped 38 of 49 shots for a .776 save percentage.

Langley Blanked In The First

The Salmonbellies opened the scoring at the 7:36 mark with a goal from Isaac Richmond. Only 13 seconds later, Jake Govett took a feed from Will Malcom and buried it to make it 2-0.

New Westminster kept the onslaught going with Liam MacIntosh finding the back of the net at 11:26. Kevin Crowley followed that up at 14:03 to give the Salmonbellies a four-goal lead.

Malcom scored his first of the game at 15:29 and Logan Schuss scored on the power play at 16:29 as the Langley Thunder were blanked 6-0 in the first period.

Salmonbellie Cruise To Victory

Langley finally got on the board to start the second period. Kozevnikov found the back of the net at 1:45 on the power play.

The Salmonbellies answered right back with a two-goal run. Govett scored his second of the game at 5:04. Malcom followed that up on the power play at 11:31 to give New Westminster a commanding 8-1 lead.

The Thunder stop the bleeding temporarily less than a minute later off a goal by Nathan Lam.

New Westminster finished off the period with a three-goal run. Schuss scored on the power play at 13:28. Malcom scored his hat trick goal to 15:02 to make it 10-2 for the Salmonbellies.

Austin Ducommun scored with 1:12 left in the second to make it 11-2.

The third period would go scoreless. Leclaire would stop all 13 shots he faced, while Walsh stopped 12 shots to blank the third.

Top Scorers

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Will Malcom, 3g 6a

Logan Schuss, 2g 3a

Ryan Martel, 4a

Langley Thunder

Nathaniel Kozevnikov, 1g 1a

Kyle Brunsch, 1a

Nathan Lam, 1g

Three Stars

  1. Will Malcom, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  2. Logan Schuss, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  3. Ashton Leclaire, New Westminster Salmonbellies

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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.