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Thunder push Shamrocks to brink of elimination

Victoria loses lead as Langley storms back


Langley leads series 3-2

The Langley Thunder took a while to get going in Game 5, but now they have the Victoria Shamrocks on the ropes.

The Shamrocks had a 4-2 lead after one period on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre, but then the Thunder stormed back for six goals — four of them on the power play — in the middle period and then held off a furious late-game push from Victoria to down the visitors 10-8.

The victory gives the Thunder a 3-2 lead in the Western Lacrosse Association semifinal series with Game 6 going today at The Q Centre in Colwood. If needed, Game 7 is slated for Tuesday night at the LEC.

The series winner advances to take on the Nanaimo Timbermen in the best-of-seven WLA final.

On Saturday, Curtis Dickson led the Thunder attack with two goals and five assists, while Rhys Duch had a pair of goals for the Shamrocks. Langley outshot Victoria 55-45.

In Ontario, the Six Nations Chiefs and Peterborough Lakers will start their best-of-seven Major Series Lacrosse championship series on Tuesday night. The winner will host the WLA champion for the best-of-seven Mann Cup national championship.

Minto bound

The Junior Shamrocks can start booking their flight to Brampton, Ont., now thanks to an 11-8 victory over the Langley Junior Thunder in Game 6 of the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League final.

Patrick Dodds had four goals and Adam Bland made 38 saves to pave the way for Victoria.

The victory secured a 4-2 series win and sends the Junior Rocks to the 2022 Minto Cup which goes Aug. 22 to 29 at CAA Centre in Brampton. The Junior Shamrocks will be joined by the Alberta champion and the champion and runner-up from the Ontario Junior Lacrosse League.