With a trying 2014 campaign now behind them, Langley Thunder players and coaches now have the better part of nine months to reflect and recharge.
For the first time since 2010, the Thunder are on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Lacrosse Association playoffs, after finishing fifth in the seven-team league with a 7-11 record.
Led by Alex Turnerâ€™s six-point night on three goals and three assists, the Thunder edged the visiting Nanaimo Timbermen 10-8 last Wednesday, July 30, at the Langley Events Centre to put a cap on their season.
The second period was key for the Thunder, who outscored the Timbermen 6-2 during the stanza.
It gave Langley the breathing room to survive a rough final frame, as the Timbermen scored five times and only allowed two against, but didnâ€™t have enough time or firepower to complete the comeback.
The teams entered the first intermission tied 1-1.
Athan Iannucci scored goals in the first and third periods for the home team. Also scoring twice for the Thunder was Daniel McQuade.
Tyler Melynk scored once and added three assists for Langley. Brendan Mykle-Winkler and Cam Copland rounded out the list of Thunder goal-scorers. Tom Johnson collected three helpers.
Mitch Parker led Nanaimo with a hat trick.
FINAL BUZZER: At press time Friday, defending WLA champion Victoria Shamrocks led the regular season standings with a 13–2-2 record, with one game to go in their season.