Thunder can't put Timbermen away, suffer second straight defeat

by Gary Ahuja

They led or were tied for most of the game, but the Langley Thunder returned home from a day trip to Nanaimo empty-handed.

The host Timbermen tied the score with 6:20 to play and then potted what turned out to be the game-winner with 4:01 to play in regulation, handing Langley an 11-10 loss in a BC Junior A Lacrosse League game on Saturday afternoon.

The Thunder trailed just twice – once in the first period for 70 seconds and then again in the third for the final 4:01 – as they lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The loss dropped Langley to 6-3 while Nanaimo improved to 5-1.

The teams were tied at four after 20 minutes and three times in the second period, the Thunder would build a two-goal lead only to see the Timbermen always strike back to keep it within a goal. Langley did have a 9-8 advantage with one period to go before Nanaimo rallied for the victory.

Nathan McKeigan paced the offence with three goals and four points while Kyle Nichols (one goal, two assists), Connor Watson (one goal, two assists) and Dylan McIntosh (two goals, one assist) both had three-point games.

Trevayne Hunter, with a goal and an assist, and Connor Whyte and Aaron Skye, who each had a goal, rounded out Langley’s scoring.

Torin Van Rheenen made 31 saves in a losing cause.

Nanaimo’s Thomas Vaesen led the T-Men with three goals and three assists and Ryan Sheridan had two goals and three helpers. Justin Geddie stopped 37 shots

The Thunder look to bounce back when they are back in action on Thursday (May 30) as they host the New Westminster Salmonbellies at Langley Events Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


For more information:

Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Centre, 604.613.5242 (cell), 604.455.8830 (office) or email.