The Langley Thunder has the Coquitlam Adanacs on the ropes in their first round, Western Lacrosse Association playoff series.
The Thunder can take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with a win tonight at the Langley Events Centre. Game time is 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday at the Coquitlam Sports Centre, the Thunder edged the Adanacs 8-6 to move ahead two games to none.
Langley's Alex Turner snapped a 6-6 tie 7:07 into the third period. The goal turned out to be the game winner.
Mark Matthews then added an insurance goal for the Thunder, finding the net on a Langley powerplay with 6:41 to go in regulation.
The Thunder led 2-1 after the first period and 6-4 after 40 minutes of play before the Adanacs' Daryl Veltman tallied a pair of unanswered powerplay goals to tie the game early in the third period.
With Coquitlam holding a man advantage, Veltman scored 36 seconds into the frame, then added another powerplay marker 1:05 later to make it 6-6.
Former Adanac Dane Dobbie, acquired from Coquitlam in a blockbuster deal at the June 30 trade deadline, scored twice and added one assist against his former team.
Other goals came from Matthews, Turner, Garrett Billings (who added four assists), Athan Iannucci (who chipped in with three helpers) Adam Jones, and Brett Mydske.
Veltman scored four of Coquitlam's six goals.
The Adanacs outshot the Thunder 44-40.
Langley goaltender Brodie MacDonald stopped 38 of 44 shots thrown his way.
Following Thursday's game, the series returns to the Coquitlam Sports Centre on Saturday (Aug. 10) with a 7:45 p.m. game time.
Should the series extend to a fifth game, it will be played at the LEC on Monday, Aug. 12, starting at 7:45 p.m.
The Thunder, which finished the regular season with a league-best 11-5-2 record, is looking to win the WLA playoff title for a third consecutive year.
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