High 5: McIntosh leads way in Thunder victory
Dylan McIntosh scored five goals and seven points as his team won 12-8 in Burnaby on Monday night in BCJALL action. Gary Ahuja Langley Events Centre file photo
A five-goal performance from Dylan McIntosh paced the Langley Thunder to a 12-8 victory on Monday night in Burnaby as the Junior A lacrosse club hits the stretch drive of the season.
The Thunder improved to 9-7 and 18 points as they find themselves in a dogfight in the BC Junior A Lacrosse League playoff races. Just four points separate second and fifth place with only four teams qualifying for the post-season.
Three of Langley’s five remaining games are against teams they are jockeying for position with a road game in Nanaimo (8-5, 16 points) on Saturday (June 22) and home games at Langley Events Centre on June 27 vs. Coquitlam (13-2, 26 points) and July 7 against New Westminster (9-5, 18 points), the last game of the regular season.
The Thunder also have home games against the Port Coquitlam Saints (Thursday, June 20) and the Delta Islanders (July 4) to round out their schedule. Victoria (10-5, 20 points) is the other team in the playoff mix.
In Monday’s victory, the Lakers held slim leads of 2-1 and 3-2 in the first period, but McIntosh’s second of the game gave the team the lead for good as they closed the first frame up 6-3. Burnaby would cut the lead to 9-7 after 40 minutes but the Thunder shut the door in the third, allowing just a single goal.
Torin Van Rheenen finished with 41 saves in goal for Langley.
Connor Watson finished with two goals and five points while Clark Walter (two goals, two assists) and Ryan Martel (one goal, three assists) finished with four points apiece. Aaron Skye and Caleb Pearson rounded out the scoring for Langley with a goal apiece.
Marcus Klarich (three goals, one assist) and Kieran McKay (two goals, one assist) led the Lakers attack.
For more information:
Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Centre, 604.613.5242 (cell), 604.455.8830 (office) or email.