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Thunder facing elimination
The Langley Thunder are on the brink of elimination in the Western Lacrosse Association championship series.
The Thunder find themselves down 3-2 in the best-of-seven senior A lacrosse finals after losing 11-8 on Sunday (Aug. 25) at the Langley Events Centre.
Victoria had evened the series at two games apiece with a 4-3 overtime win on Aug. 23 at Bear Mountain Arena.
“Kudos to Victoria, they played a good road game,” said Thunder coach Rod Jensen.
“They came in and got off to a good start.
“They came in very focused and we didn’t match their energy early.”
“I am disappointed we didn’t rise to the occasion,” he added.
The Shamrocks led 3-2 after one period and then briefly took the lead in the second, 6-5. But Victoria closed the period on a 3-0 run and never looked back.
“We couldn’t sustain it,” Jensen said about their failure to hold the lead.
Langley did claw back to within a goal at 9-8 when Adam Jones and Athan Iannucci scored 19 seconds apart with less than five minutes to play. But a minute later, Victoria pushed the lead back to two goals and then scored once more in the final minute.
Dane Dobbie scored twice for Langley while Garrett Billings had a goal and five assists. Jones and Iannucci each added two assists for the three-point games.
Brett Mydske, Mark Matthews and Steven Neufeld had the other Langley goals.
Brodie MacDonald made 49 saves as Langley was outshot 60-43.
The Thunder will try to stave off elimination on Thursday in Victoria.
If necessary, game seven would be on Sunday back at the LEC.