Langley Thunder’s Lewis Ratcliff (left) and Burnaby Lakers Justin Salt look skyward for the ball during game three action at the Langley Events Centre on Tuesday. Ratcliff had a goal and five assists as the Thunder took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Lacrosse Association semifinal series.

Langley Thunder’s Lewis Ratcliff (left) and Burnaby Lakers Justin Salt look skyward for the ball during game three action at the Langley Events Centre on Tuesday. Ratcliff had a goal and five assists as the Thunder took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Lacrosse Association semifinal series.

Langley experience a big difference in series says coach

Langley Thunder lacrosse team one win away from spot in WLA finals

With the thunder booming outside, the Langley Thunder were making their noise inside at the Langley Events Centre.

The senior A men’s lacrosse team used a 10-6 victory in game three on Tuesday to take a huge 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Lacrosse Association semifinal series over the Burnaby Lakers.

“We are a good team,” said Thunder coach Rod Jensen, referring to the fact Langley captured the WLA regular season title after a 12-6-0 record and added valuable pieces to last season’s league champs.

“We are a little bit tougher, more size, more physical,” he said.

“And having that big kid (Brodie MacDonald) in net can be frustrating.”

MacDonald, a six-foot-seven goaltender who won the rookie of the year last season, is allowing 6.39 goals against per game with a .849 save percentage.

That is nearly two full goals below his regular season average.

Langley will go for the sweep and a spot in the championship series tonight (Thursday) at Burnaby’s Bill Copeland Arena.

A loss and the teams will return to the LEC on Monday for game five.

But Jensen would prefer to end things before the weekend.

“You always want a little bit of rest and time for preparation,” he said.

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