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Langley Thunder auctioning jerseys in support of Tessa Beauchamp Foundation

The Langley Thunder are locked in a tight battle for a Western Lacrosse Association playoff berth, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost sight of the bigger picture. A win tonight at home against the Maple Ridge Burrards will snap a 4-game losing streak but win or lose, it’ll also help the Tessa Beauchamp Foundation. Beauchamp lost her battle to cancer in 2012 and the Thunder are hosting an on-line auction for limited edition jerseys that’ll be worn for tonight’s game. Fans can bid on the jerseys until 6 p.m. local time today and live bidding will take place at the game through the end of the second intermission. Winners can meet the Thunder players after the game on the floor to receive their jerseys. The Tessa Beauchamp Foundation sets up scholarships and assistance and is the beneficiary of proceeds from the Thunder auction. For more information, check out the team’s website.


WLA Power Rankings- Let the fun begin as the WLA regular season winds down.

Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0
Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0

With just a couple weeks remaining in the Western Lacrosse Association’s regular season, things are really starting to heat up in the standings. Victoria has clinched a play-off berth and with a win over Langley will clinch the top spot over-all and home-floor throughout the western play-offs. But after that it’s anyone’s guess. Five points separates second from fourth while three points separate fourth from seventh.

With every game a team can jump or drop in the standings so from here on out, wins are crucial but so is staying healthy. Burnaby has been without Matt Beers since the early stages of the year and you have to think they could be a few more wins better than the seven they currently have if they had the young rugged defender in the lineup every game. It’s time to strap on the foil and get ready to go to war cause this is the time when the real season begins. The push for the post season is underway and it all starts Wednesday night in Langley. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: No deadline deals and very little movement as July kicks off

Adam Shute has been fantastic in net for the Adanacs this year. (Photo: The Now file)
Adam Shute has been fantastic in net for the Adanacs this year. (Photo: The Now file)

The WLA trade deadline came and went and there wasn’t even a blip on the radar. One GM went so far as to say that no deals being made was “brutal” and that it “gets worse every year” with fewer and fewer trades. Teams out east constantly load up the front runners while teams out west sit back and beat each other up for three months and hope one team has a lucky four game win streak come Mann Cup time.
So with no real movement to speak of, the teams will now have to make due with what they have and find the right mix to make that run to the big dance. The Shamrocks had a tough week and finally tasted defeat on Saturday but as much as everyone wants an undefeated season, the sentiment on the team bus after was the lose was exactly what they needed. It’s still tight in the middle of the pack which will give us a very exciting July leading to the post-season. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: Shamrocks maintain lead and add depth while the rest of the league tries to keep pace

Brodie MacDonald was the WLA's first star allowing just 8 goals in two games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Brodie MacDonald was the WLA's first star allowing just 8 goals in two games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

The rich are getting richer out west as the Eastern transfer window gets set to close Thursday June 26th. The Victoria Shamrocks added Buffalo and Kitchener-Waterloo two way dynamo Dhane Smith Tuesday afternoon, giving them another young weapon on a roster that’s top of the table half-way through the year. There could be some more moves by western teams as the deadline looms as does the WLA trade deadline. There are some rumours floating around of a couple players that could be changing jerseys in the coming days.

However as we move through the season, the other six clubs are fixated with catching the Shamrocks while not losing ground to the others in the battle for the top four continues. We’ve some incredible defensive efforts this week including a few goalies putting on some spectacular performances as they do all they can to limit the damage in hopes of spurring on their club. Three teams are tied for second place while Nanaimo, New Westminster and Coquitlam try and get back into the hunt. Just six games out west this week so check out the rankings and be sure to keep up to date on all the action right here on IL Indoor. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: Shamrocks remain the leaders as Matt Flindell begins to shine

Matt Flindell waited his turn in Victoria and the patience is paying off for the goalie. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
Matt Flindell waited his turn in Victoria and the patience is paying off for the goalie. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

As the seven Western Lacrosse Association squads near the midway point of the 2014 season, there’s not much to separate between the middle of the pack. The Victoria Shamrocks are hitting their stride as the other clubs to try to keep pace all while we race toward the July 1 trade deadline. It’s not expected to see much movement between clubs but it wouldn’t be surprising if there were a few swaps of players or picks. That said, there won’t be much in the way of high level talent on the move. There’s a weird air around the WLA this summer as teams sit tight on their rosters knowing teams out east are stocking up. That’s not to say that the West has given up or isn’t trying, but these are the ebbs and flows of swapping Mann Cup years. READ MORE »


Last night: Shamrocks silence Thunder 13-4


The Victoria Shamrocks left little doubt about who the top team in the Western Lacrosse Association is. In a matchup of the last two WLA champs, the first-place Shamrocks remained undefeated by riding a 9-0 second period to a 13-4 win over the Langley Thunder, who remain tied for second place in the league. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period and remained that way through the first five minutes of the second. Then Rhys Duch and the Shamrocks went to work. Duch got things rolling with a natural hat trick and the Shamrocks poured in six more goals before the buzzer went to end the period. The teams traded a pair of goals each in the third. Duch wound up with 4 goals and an assist to lead all scorers along with Brandon Bull, who scored twice and added 3 assists. Victoria is now 5-0-1 and sits five points clear of Maple Ridge, Langley and Burnaby in a three-way tie for second place, although Burnaby does have two games in hand. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: Victoria remains at No. 1, Langley makes big jump in Week 3

Out west things are starting to get interesting in the Western Lacrosse Association as we near the opening third of the season. The Victoria Shamrocks remain undefeated and atop the rankings for the third straight week as they continue their run for back to back Mann Cup appearances after missing the big dance for six straight years. The Shamrocks aren’t the only hot team going right now as the Langley Thunder have bounced back from an 0-3 start to get back to .500 and it’s neck and neck through the middle of the pack. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings

Cory Small has flown to the top of the WLA points standings early on. (Photo: Gary Woodburn)
Cory Small has flown to the top of the WLA points standings early on. (Photo: Gary Woodburn)

Consistency is the word of the week for the Western Lacrosse Association teams and players after two full weeks of games. It’s a long drawn out season for these guys and there’s no doubt that there is and will be some rust, growing pains and tired legs as the season rages on. For general managers and coaches alike, finding the right mix is crucial to ensure their team is on the right path come play-offs. But that’s a long ways away for now and right now, teams are just trying to juggle rosters as best they can and fill holes with whom they can.

There wasn’t much movement in the power-rankings this week, although we’re sure to hear from a few disgruntled fans/players/personnel about how we rate the seven WLA teams. In such a highly competitive league this year, it will be tough to predict winners and even tougher to pick who will come out on top at the end. So enjoy the games everyone cause it’s going to be a great week of lacrosse out in BC. READ MORE »


Last night: Thunder get first win by handing Burrards first loss

Brodie MacDonald was named first star of Langley's win over Maple Ridge Wednesday night.
Brodie MacDonald was named first star of Langley's win over Maple Ridge Wednesday night.

Brodie MacDonald stood tall Wednesday night, making 39 saves on 46 shots to lead the Langley Thunder to an 11-7 win over the Maple Ridge Burrards in Western Lacrosse Association play. The win was Langley’s first of the year after opening with three straight losses, while Maple Ridge drops to 2-1 after their first defeat of the season. Langley won each period of the game, leading 3-2 after the first period and 8-6 after two. They then pulled away with the first three goals of the final frame before Maple Ridge connected in the last minute to make things a little closer.

Alex Turner led the way offensively for the Thunder. The lefty forward scored four times and added three assists to power the Langley attack. Daniel McQade had a hat trick for Langley and added an assist while Athan Iannucci scored once and added four helpers. Ben McIntosh and Andrew Murphy each scored twice for Maple Ridge, with McIntosh adding two assists and Murphy one. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings- And they’re off like a herd of turtles

Colton Clark was traded to the Bellies for Ilija and Alex Gajic, the Lakers are the only WLA team still left without a game played (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Colton Clark was traded to the Bellies for Ilija and Alex Gajic, the Lakers are the only WLA team still left without a game played (Photo: Dan Brodie)

With the first full week of Western Lacrosse Associations games in the book, we can start to rank the seven teams as they battle for supremacy and the right to travel back east for the Mann Cup. As mentioned two weeks ago in our WLA preview, while many of the big name eastern talent has flown the coop back home, a plethora of young local BC talent is ready to take the stage and raise their game to the next level. Well in the handful of games that have been played so far this year, we’re no doubt in for a very intriguing year.

The Burnaby Lakers, who many feel are a real contender in the WLA this year, won’t play their first game of the year until Thursday while the Langley Thunder have already played and lost three games and the Nanaimo Timbermen have played four and gotten four different results. Its been a very odd opening week in the WLA and after the jump we’ll let you low where all seven teams stack up. READ MORE »