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Tough Island road trip for Thunder

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Langley Thunder's Ian Poole is checked by Nanaimo Timbermen's Macgregor Johnston during Western Lacrosse Association action at Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena on July 5. The Thunder lost 15-12 after being up 7-1 after one period.
— image credit: Greg Sakaki/Black Press

With a chance to give themselves some breathing room in the Western Lacrosse Association playoff chase, the Langley Thunder are instead stuck in a pack of four teams separated by three points for a trio of post-season berths.

The senior A Thunder were on Vancouver Island over the weekend where they lost to both the first-place team and the last-place team.

The former happened on July 4 at Victoria's Q Centre, where Langley lost 12-6 to the Shamrocks (10-1-2). The latter was the following night, a 15-12 defeat at the hands of the Nanaimo Timbermen (3-8-1).

And it was the latter defeat which really hurt as the Thunder led 6-1 after 20 minutes. But the Timbermen scored seven in the second to cut the deficit to 10-8 and then dominated the third, outscoring their visitors 7-2.

Athan Iannucci (five goals, two assists) and Alex Turner (three goals, five assists) led the way offensively for the Thunder.

The game before saw Langley fall behind 4-0 after one period. They did cut the lead to 4-3 in the second, but could not get any closer.

Turner led the way with three goals and an assist and is just two points back of the WLA scoring title with 25 goals and 58 points.

Langley sits fourth in the standings at 6-7 with five games to play. Four of those will be at the Langley Events Centre, including their next game, July 9 against the Burnaby Lakers (6-5).

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The Langley Junior A Thunder came to a close on July 4 as they lost 15-4 to the Delta Islanders.

The Thunder finished with a record of 5-15-1.

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