With a loss last night to the Coquitlam Junior Adanacs, the Langley Thunder have fallen slightly behind in the race for a top 2 finish in the BCJALL, and they’ve looked East for some answers by signing goaltender Tyler Glebe from the Orangeville Northmen of the OLA. ILIndoor learned about the deal last week, and Glebe has already earned two starts and one win — a 13-9, 28-save victory against the Burnaby Lakers. Just how many minutes he’ll share with Spencer England down the stretch is to be determined. The 21 year-old’s Twitter bio sums up his resume pretty well. @TylerGlebe reads “Member of the Toronto Rock. 2012 Jr.B Goalie of the Year. Langley Thunder 2013. Saving the world one ball at a time.”
Glebe was drafted in the 6th round, 52nd overall by the Toronto Rock in the 2012 National Lacrosse League draft, and spent time on Toronto’s practice roster during this past NLL season. The 6-foot, 190-pounder’s junior ‘B’ MVP season came playing for the London Blue Devils in Ontario in 2012. There he posted a 6.97 GAA in the regular season, and an 8.55 GAA in the playoffs. Prior to the move out west, Glebe was playing for the junior ‘A’ Northmen where he was holding Ontario’s best snipers to an 8.37 GAA in 4 starts.
Thunder coach Jake Elliott told ILIndoor that Glebe has all the qualities that make a successful goaltender in junior lacrosse.
“He’s a big body who plays his angles well. He also throws the ball very well,” said Elliot. “He’s come in with a great attitude and wants to work hard to earn his minutes.
The Thunder coaching staff has been pleased with the play of goaltender England, but feel that having a duo of top-notch starters is a key piece to any Minto Cup puzzle. Thunder GM Brock Rose said in a press release “Tyler will give us depth in the goaltending position which is essential if we want to be a national contender this year.”
The move is also the first big eastern import deal that the Thunder have made over the past few seasons, marking another milestone for the rebranded club who have struggled in recent years to bring in big names from Ontario.
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Last night was the A’s and the Thunder, and A’s coach Neil Doddridge liked the matchup. “We match up well against them. They’ve got a good core of players who’ve been around and now they’ve added a goaltender from Orangeville.” Winners of 6 straight, and with a bolstered roster of NCAA ballers now home in Coquitlam, the Adanacs biggest problem is deciding what line-up to floor each night. “Players will get in the games based on their play,” stated Doddridge. “Personally, it’s a pleasure to have the options after how we began the year (shorthanded). Having guys like Wesley Berg back excites the players on the team — the team is energized by that.” Coquitlam will grab sole possession of first place with a win tonight. (Coquitlam Now) … The only team on a hotter winning streak than Coquitlam, is the New Westminster Salmonbellies who just won their 7th consecutive game last night against the Delta Islanders. “Our offence is really something, it looks good. Hey, when you move the ball, the defences don’t know what to do,” said rookie Josh Byrne whose 29 goals leads his team and has him 3rd in the entire loop. With 2 games and 2 points in hand over 3rd place Delta, the Bellies are taking aim at a Top 2 finish and first-round bye in the post season. Byrne knows there’s still a lot that can happen though between now and then, “We want to finish (the season) hard,” he said. “Everyone feels good, but to be honest with you, we know we played a really good game, but we’re not going to be overly confident.” (Royal City Record).Challoner is a prominent voice of lacrosse on the West Coast. Color Commentator for the Vancouver Stealth on the Lacrosse Network, he also calls play-by-play for the WLA. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Twitter @BradChall Twitter @laxcaster
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