Thunder take early lead

Langley's Garrett Billings, Brett Hickey (centre) and Athan Iannucci celebrate a goal during the team's 7-3 victory in game one of the Western Lacrosse Association finals.
— image credit: Carl Meadows

The Langley Thunder drew first blood in the Western Lacrosse Association championship series.

After an even opening 20 minutes where both teams scored once, the Thunder outscored the Coquitlam Adanacs 6-2 over the final two periods to win 7-3 in game one of the best-of-seven series.

It was played on Sunday (Aug. 19) at the Langley Events Centre.

Garrett Billings opened the scoring for Langley and finished the game with two goals and two assists.

Joel McCready also notched a pair of goals for the Thunder while Brett Hickey, Rob Van Beek and Athan Iannucci each had one goal. Iannucci also had an assist while Lewis Ratcliff chipped in with three helpers.

Ian Poole also found the scoresheet with an assist and he also made his presence felt in the face-off circle, winning 11 of the 13 draws.

Game two of the series is on Aug. 21 at Coquitlam's Poirier Sports Complex before the series returns to the LEC on Aug. 23.

All games are at 7:45 p.m.

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