The Langley Jr. Thunder's 2012 season ended with a huge thud last Wednesday in Coquitlam.
The host Coquitlam Adanacs beat the Jr. Thunder 14-4, capping a three-game sweep in their best-of-five, B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League semifinal series.
The Jr. Thunder sandwiched one pretty good period between two not-sogood ones.
Coquitlam outscored Langley 5-0 in the first period and 5-1 in the final frame. In the middle period, the Adanacs had a 4-3 edge in goals.
For the Adanacs, Ben McIntosh filled the Jr. Thunder net with five goals. Wesley Berg scored four times and added two assists and Robert Church recorded a hat trick and set up five goals.
The Jr. Thunder got goals from Jaeden Gastaldo, Nathan Henare, James Rahe (who also got into a third-period fight against Coquitlam's Michael Messenger), and Reegan Comeault.
The Jr. Thunder can take positives from the season.
The team swept the Port Coquitlam Saints in two games in the BCJALL quarter-finals, and qualified for the post-season with a respectable 12-9 record.
The Jr. Thunder are very optimistic about next season.
The core of the team will be returning, including Comeault, Rahe, Nick Stone, Brandon Bull, Brett Dobray, Zack Porter, and Sean Lundstrom.
Comeault, Stone, Bull, Dobray, Porter, and Lundstrom will be entering their third year of junior eligibility, and will be a year stronger and more experienced.
The Jr. Thunder have a significant number of role players returning.
There is enough talent around, including players on the intermediate squad, to build an effective and punishing defence, according to the team.
The Jr. Thunder only lose six players off their roster due to graduation. They are Patrick Bayliss, Colton Dow, James Jackson, Brian Gillis, Jaeden Gastaldo, and Eric Ransom.
These players were consistent contributors during the season and into the playoffs, the organization said.
Bayliss provided the goaltending needed to give the team a chance to win every game. Ryley Brown, who was No. 2 in the depth chart at the end of the season due to injury, will take on the starting role next season.
Over the off-season the Thunder organization will be entering the fifth year in a five-year plan. Year five is to culminate with contending for the Minto Cup, the organization added.
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The Adanacs, who finished on top of the junior A loop with a 16-5 regular season mark, are playing the Delta Islanders in the BCJALL championship series.
It took all five games of their best-of-five semifinal series for the Islanders to defeat the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
The Adanacs are up 1-0 on the Islanders in their best-of-seven series.
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