The Langley Thunder scored seven straight goals to erase a 5-2 deficit and defeat the Coquitlam Adanacs, 9-6, in their BC Junior A Lacrosse League game, Thursday at the Langley Events Centre.
It’s the Adanacs’ fourth loss of the season, as many as they sustained in the previous four seasons combined. They’re still in first place in the league standings, though, four points ahead of the Victoria Shamrocks, who’ve played one less game.
Coquitlam had a 2-0 lead 2:22 into the game and finished the first period with a 4-1 advantage.
A goal by Langley’s Dylan McIntosh made it 4-2, but Colin Munro restored the Adanacs’ three-goal margin midway through the second period.
Clark Walter and McIntosh, with his third goal of the game, got the Thunder to within one, 5-4, as the the teams went into their dressing rooms for the second intermission.
Langley then scored five more after the break to storm ahead 9-5 before Luca Antongiovanni got one of those back.
Coquitlam’s six goals matched their lowest offensive effort of the season, a 7-6 setback to the Shamrocks on last Sunday.
Langley’s win keeps them in the hunt for a playoff spot, with two games remaining in the regular season. They’re tied for third place with the New Westminster Salmonbellies, but they’re only two points ahead of the fifth-place Nanaimo Timbermen. But both of those teams have played three fewer games than the Thunder.
Thomas Semple scored a pair of goals and added an assist for the Adanacs. Braydon Cresswell chipped in three assists.
McIntosh finished the game with five goals and an assist for the Thunder, who outshot Coquitlam, 58-43.
The Adanacs will look to flex their offence tonight, when they venture into the Port Coquitlam Rec Centre to face the Poco Saints, who are tied for last place with the Delta Islanders. Game time is 8 p.m.
• The Saints continued their housecleaning Friday, as they traded runner Gabe Procyk to the New Westminster Salmonbellies, along with a third-round pick in the 2020 draft that they'd previously acquired from Langley, for future considerations.