The Peterborough Lakers have officially stole momentum back from the Langley Thunder.
Backed by the goaltending of Mike Thompson, the Lakers evened the best-of-seven Mann Cup series at two game apiece Wednesday (Sept. 12) with a 9-8 victory at the Memorial Centre. Thompson, who stopped 23-of-30 shots after replacing Tyler Carlson in game three, got the start in goal Wednesday for the first time in the series and was a difference maker, making 26 saves in the victory.
Thunder goalie goalie Brodie MacDonald was just as good as Thompson, but came out on the losing end after facing 54 Lakers’ shots. The Lakers could have easily ran away with the contest in the first period but MacDonald was able to turn away 17 shots and keep the game 3-1 in favour of the Lakers after 20 minutes.
“Their offence is really getting geared up but Brodie played phenomenal and he kept it under 10 with that fire power,” explains Jensen.
The Lakers were able to get four by MacDonald in the middle frame and take a three goal lead into the final stanza. The Lakers were able to stretch that advance to four by the midway point of the third period, but Lakers’ penalty troubles allowed the Thunder to get back in the game. Shawn Evans received a two-minute high sticking penalty after knocking a pair Rob Van Beek’s teeth out, leading to a power-play goal by Joel McReady. Garrett Billings scored nine seconds later and Athan Iannucci scored his fourth of the game on the power play to pull the Thunder to within one with under five minutes to play. The Thunder had one last chance to tie the affair after Mark Steenhuis coughed up the ball with a little over 30 second left in the game but Thompson and the Lakers’ defensive stood their ground as the Lakers walked away with the win.
“I thought that was our worst effort,” Jensen says.
“I know we came back but we have to play better.”
Game five goes Friday (Sept. 14) at the Memorial Centre. Game time is 8 p.m.
Story by Todd Vandonk of the Peterborough This Week