The Langley Jr. Thunder's modest two-game unbeaten streak skidded to a halt Tuesday.
The New Westminster Salmonbellies showed why they are among the powerhouses in the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League by shellacking the Jr. Thunder 12-6 at Queen's Park Arena.
New West built a 4-1 lead after the first period, led 9-5 after a competitive second period, and scored three goals to the Jr. Thunder's one in the final frame to cruise to victory.
"I wasn't particularly impressed with the way we came to play right from the outset," Jr. Thunder head coach Jake Elliott said. "When you play a good team like New West, and you're not ready to play, that's the result."
The On a bright note, the Jr. Thunder had a strong second period, in which the 'Bellies had a 5-4 edge in goals.
"We definitely battled back in the second period, and even in the third period got the score to 9-6, but they scored that 10th goal on us and it took the wind out of our sails," Elliott said. "It was a tough go from there."
Jr. Thunder goal-scorers were Matt Messenger and Reegan Comeault with two each, Adam Will, and James Rahe.
The loss dropped the Jr. Thunder's record to 9-9 with three games remaining in the local squad's regular season.
The 'Bellies improved to 12-4.
"The guys are still learning how to win tough games in hostile situations," Elliott said. "They need to win games against good teams on the road. We'll get there but they're still learning that aspect of the game a little bit."
Jr. Thunder 11, Victoria Shamrocks 9
The Jr. Thunder needed a pair of late goals to clip the Victoria Shamrocks Sunday at the Langley Events Centre.
Langley's Brendan Mykle-Winkler snapped a 9-9 tie at the 16: 55 mark of the third period.
Sean Lundstrom gave the Jr. Thunder some breathing room with 1: 18 remaining in regulation time as the hosts came away with an 11-9 victory.
Langley stormed out to a 51 lead in the opening frame, and led 8-4 after two periods before the Shamrocks mounted a comeback.
Goaltender Patrick Bayliss, acquired in the second week in June in a trade with the Burnaby Lakers, was solid in making 35 stops.
Bryan Gillis made an impact with five points, scoring one goal and counting four assists. Comeault scored three times and assisted on another goal.
Other Jr. Thunder goal scorers were Lundstrom with two, William Vanden Hooven, Will, Messenger, Mykle-Winkler, and Mike Bosch.
"It was a good, characterbuilding win," Elliott said. "If we stick to our game plan and play the right way, results will come."
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On Saturday, Bayliss made 37 saves in Langley's 8-4 victory over the host Nanaimo Timbermen at Frank Crane Arena.
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