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Pioneers fall to Bandits in WCSLA final

Travis St. Germain of the Ladner Pioneers is checked by Tyler Grewal of the Tri-City Bandits. Ladner won Game 1 of their playoff series 10-4 - Jim Kinnear
Travis St. Germain of the Ladner Pioneers is checked by Tyler Grewal of the Tri-City Bandits. Ladner won Game 1 of their playoff series 10-4
— image credit: Jim Kinnear

The Ladner Pioneers were unable to finish off the Tri-City Bandits Sunday night at Sungod Arena, as the local Senior B lacrosse team lost 9-8 to drop the best-of-five playoff series three games to two.

It was the sixth straight league title for the Bandits.

The Bandits held a 3-1 lead after one period and went up 5-1 in the second before the Pioneers woke up. Ladner pulled to 5-3 at the end of the second and jumped ahead 6-5 in the third. The Bandits then staged a late rally, with Anthio Yuen scoring the eventual winner shorthanded.

Ladner held a 2-1 series lead heading into the weekend but a 12-6 win by the Bandits Saturday night at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre forced the Game 5 showdown.

The Pioneers finished the regular season with a record of 11-3, good for first overall. Ladner went 7-3 in the playoffs, going undefeated in the first two rounds.

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