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| Thursday, July 21, 2011 |
Junior A lacrosse
Islanders sink Jr. Thunder in quarter-final
While the Jr. Thunder was swept in two games by the Delta Islanders, making the playoffs was a positive step.
“If your name isn’t Colton, you’ll be on the team next year,” Rose said. “They [the Islanders] have nine graduating juniors; we have two. Delta is the average in the league, and ours is not the norm.” Rose said the Jr. Thunder could have dressed older playby Troy Landreville ers, but is a firm believer in firstname.lastname@example.org patiently building a team with a Just like that, it’s over. potential for success. A best-of-three playoff series “We ratcheted it up this leaves microscopic margin for year and expected to make the error, something the Langley Jr. playoffs as a minimum requireThunder learned the hard way ment,” Rose said. “We did that over the past couple of days. and we proved a lot of naysayThe Delta Islanders are moving ers wrong. Next year, we’ll on to the BC Junior A Lacrosse hopefully move up the ladder.” League semifinal after sweeping Porter and Hayes showed the Jr. Thunder in two games. leadership and devotion to the A 13-10 loss Saturday at Jr. Thunder this season, Rose Ladner Arena, along with a noted. 15-10 setback Monday at the “They wanted to play here Langley Events Centre spelled and they felt a strong kinship to the end for the Jr. Thunder, the Thunder program,” he said. which made its first playoff “We will certainly remember appearance since the sacrifices the 2005, when it ‘Coltons’ took for “We proved a lot of was known as the betterment naysayers wrong.” the South Fraser of the team. This Stickmen, and speaks more of a Brock Rose first since relocatperson’s characing to Langley ter. They wanted from Surrey in 2009. to stick to their own tribe, and With a 6-14-1 regular season lacrosse is a tribal game.” record, the Jr. Thunder took the During the quarter-final sersixth and final playoff spot in ies, Langley showed flashes the eight-team BCJALL. of fine play, but it came down The third-place Islanders finto defensive stops. The Jr. ished at 12-8-1 during the reguThunder simply wasn’t able to lar season, 12 points clear of the make enough of them to beat Jr. Thunder. the Islanders. But making the playoffs is a In the series-clinching game, positive step forward for a Jr. the host Jr. Thunder took a Thunder squad which, in 2008, 5-4 lead into the first intermisset a five plan to culminate in sion, but lost its bearings in 2013 by competing for a national the second frame, in which the championship. Islanders out-scored the local It was a lofty goal at the time, boys 7-2. given the team had been mired A highlight of the second perin the bottom of the standings in iod was a spectacular effort from the previous two years. the Jr. Thunder’s Reid Reinholdt However, with just two graduon the home team’s seventh ating players – Colton Porter and goal. He scooped up a loose ball Colten Hayes – the Jr. Thunder just as a Delta defender was will be a contender in the very about to collect it, and, while near future, according to general diving, shot it past Islanders’ manager Brock Rose. goaltender Blake Duncan.
Troy Landreville/Langley Advance
Steve Higgs from the Delta Islanders pressured Langley Jr. Thunder ball carrier Nathan Henare during BC Junior A Lacrosse League playoff action Monday at the Langley Events Centre. The Islanders defeated the Jr. Thunder 15-10 to win the best-of-three BCJALL quarter-final in two games. Unfortunately for Langley, a team can’t win games on style, Rose joked: “We do score some highlight-reel goals, but unfortunately, they only count for one point [apiece].” At the other end of the floor,
balls started pouring into the Jr. Thunder’s net and by the end of the second period, the Islanders held a commanding 11-7 lead. The Jr. Thunder fought back in the third and trailed 12-10 after Brandon Bull notched
his hat trick goal on a Langley powerplay, but from that point onward, the Islanders stepped on the Jr. Thunder’s throat, scoring the last three markers of the game to win by five.
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Langley Advance July 21 2011