The Langley Thunder needed overtime — but not much of it — to capture the gold medal at the Penticton Barnburner bantam B lacrosse tournament.
After Jaxon Pearson and Mitch Ray combined for three goals in the final 2:32 to force overtime, the Thunder wasted no time in claiming the gold medal.
Fourteen seconds into the sudden-death period, Brodie Tarling took a pass from Pearson, cut to a better shooting position and sent a bounce-shot past the Abbotsford Warriors goalie for the 7-6 win.
The tournament was held May 22 to May 24 at Penticton’s Memorial Arena.
Goaltender Nick Dewsbury stood tall all tournament, especially in the finals, coming up with several big saves to keep his team in the game.
Langley had gone 2-1 in the round robin, defeating the Surrey Rebels 4-3 and the West Kootenay Wolfpack 13-2. Their lone loss was a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Penticton Heat but Langley avenged that loss with a 6-1 victory over Penticton in the semifinals.
The team is made up of Nick Dewsbury, Carter Stasuk, Mitch Ray, Jesse Tremblay, Jacob Corbet, Brodie Tarling, Jaxon Pearson, Aiden Foxcroft, Thomas McManus, Dylan Wormald, Carson Hyra, Jacob Monson, Liam Taillefer, Braiden Struss, Kevin Wade, Nico Gerrusi, Hayden Davis and Caleb Mueller. They are coached by Gavin Sand, Zack Jones, Jackson Smith and Linden Beskau.