Last Night: Langley opens defense of WLA title with win; Barrie tops Orangeville in OT

Joel McCready, left, led the way for Langley in last night's win with 4 goals and 3 assists. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Joel McCready, left, led the way for Langley in last night's win with 4 goals and 3 assists. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

The Langley Thunder found out what life without Lewis Ratcliff would be like. And the Maple Ridge Burrards welcomed back life with Curtis Dickson. And waaaaay over in Ontario, the Junior A Barrie Lakeshores are celebrating an early-season, but all the same exciting, victory over the Orangeville Northmen. It gives Barrie a 3-0 record this season, matching its win total already from all of 2012. That’s the kind of action fans were treated to on Sunday and to think, the season of summer lacrosse is just getting started. Ratcliff, of course, is out for 2 seasons as he serves a suspension, and Dickson, of course, is back on the floor after missing most of last season with injury.

At Planet Ice, the Langley Thunder began pursuit of their third straight WLA title. And their opponent, the Burrards, weren’t chasing anything more than the opportunity to right the wrong that was a 2012 season that had just 4 victories. The Thunder came away with a 13-10 win on the strength of 4 goals and 3 assists from Joel McCready, and Alex Turner turned in a 3-3 game to spark the Thunder.

The Burrards put up quite the fight, though. Dickson scored 2 of his 3 goals in the third period to keep the Burrards competitive, and Jarrett Davis added 2-2 while new goalie Chris Levis made 32 saves. And even though the Burrards scored 7 goals in the first period, they were ultimately done in by the 0 goals they scored on 16 shots in the second. That, and a 1-for-8 performance on the power play.

Still, the Burrards have to be excited about the direction their new season is headed in, and the Thunder are relieved to see that even this early, they’ve got some shooters to help relieve the loss of Ratcliff’s stick.

Meanwhile, at Holly Community Centre, Kyle Whitlow, Zach Kozlowski and Daniel Craig scored the first 3 goals of OT to push the Lakeshores past the defending Minto Cup champs. Craig’s goal was the final of his 3 for the game, and Whitlow joined Mike Mawdsley and Nick Chaykowsky as Barrie players with 2 goals each. Nicholas Meigs got the win in goal, making 44 saves.

Yeah, it’s just 1 win, but it’s 3 straight for the Lakeshores to open their season and that puts them at the top of the table. There’s a long way to go, but when you match your season total for wins from 1 season ago just 3 games into the new season, it’s the kind of confidence that can build a ton of momentum from this point forward.

WLA
Langley 13, Maple Ridge 10 (box score)
New Westminster 15, Nanaimo 12 (box score)

BCJALL
Delta 16, Burnaby 2 (box score)
Okotoks at Coquitlam, exhibition

OLA Junior A
Barrie 13, Orangeville 11 (OT) (box score)

OLA Junior B
Halton Hills 9, Akwesasne 7
Kahnawake 17, Orillia 6 (box score)
Green Gaels 19, Mississauga 3 (box score)
Brampton 11, Owen Sound 6 (box score)
London 11, Niagara 8 (box score)
Six Nations 13, Spartans 3 (box score)
Oakville 12, Mimico 6 (box score)
Wallaceburg 14, Hamilton 9 (box score)
Windsor 11, Welland 10 (OT) (box score)

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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