Thunder start 3-0

by Gary Ahuja

It was a busy four day stretch but more importantly, a successful start to the season for the Langley Junior Thunder.

The team kicked off their BC Junior A Lacrosse League season by playing a trio of games in three cities in a span of 74 hours by winning all three games.

The most recent result was a 13-8 victory over the host Burnaby Junior Lakers at Bill Copeland Arena.

The Thunder also won 11-8 on Friday against the host Port Coquitlam Saints and then 11-9 on Sunday afternoon at Langley Events Centre over the Victoria Junior Shamrocks.

Langley twice trailed by a single goal in the opening 20 minutes, but the score was tied at four at the intermission and after the teams exchanged goals to open the second, the Thunder closed the middle frame on a 4-1 run and never back.

Ryan Martel paced the offensive attack with his second consecutive eight-point game, this time potting five goals and three assists. Nathaniel Kozevnikov (one goal, three assists), Christian Bosa (one goal, two assists), Nathan McKeigan (two goals), Drew Kask (one goal, assist), Aidan Ellis (one goal, one assist) and Kyle Brunsch (two assists) also had multi-point games. Matthew Abbott and Mackenzie Rope rounded out the scoring.

Torin Van Rheenen finished with 30 saves in goal.

The Lakers were led three goals and one assist from Marcus Klarich while Kieran McKay and Sam La Roue each scored twice. La Roue added a pair of assists as well.

Matteo Tack made 45 saves as Burnaby was outshot 58-38.

After that busy stretch, Langley is now off until May 9 when they host Port Coquitlam 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.