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Victoria draws even with Langley in WLA finals
Up 4-1 after the opening period, the Langley Thunder were outscored 9-2 over the final 40 minutes in game two of the Western Lacrosse Association championship series.
And with the 10-6 victory, the Victoria Shamrocks tied the best-of-seven senior A lacrosse final at one game apiece.
Lazy o walk off the floor cost us goals and game.#gross— Rob Buchan (@Thunder_8) August 17, 2013
The Thunder had won game one 7-6 on Aug. 14 at the Langley Events Centre while game two was played at Bear Mountain Arena on Aug. 16.
Langley got off to a great start in game two, jumping out to a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the game on goals by Shayne Jackson, Scott Johnston and Garrett Billings.
Johnston scored short-handed while Billings struck with the Thunder up a man.
And after Mitch Jones cut the lead to 3-1, seven seconds later, Alex Crepinsek got that back for the visitors to give them a commanding 4-1 lead at intermission.
The Shamrocks would get back in the game in the second period with Jeff Shattler, Scott Carnegie and Scott Ranger making it 4-4.
Langley's Adam Jones and Victoria's Cory Conway then traded goals to close the period tied at five.
But the third period was all Victoria as they outscored the Thunder 5-1.
Ryhs Duch, Karsen Leung and Tyler Hass scored in a span of 3:28 to make it 8-5 and the Shamrocks never looked back.
Langley's Dane Dobbie did cut the lead to 8-6 but Ben McCullough and Carnegie sealed the victory with goals 53 seconds apart.
Just like game one, the Shamrocks had a significant advantage in shots on goal, firing 55 shots on Brodie MacDonald and Nick Rose. MacDonald stopped 38 of the 45 he faced while Rose — who came on with 13:23 to go — stopped seven of 10.
The Thunder had 38 shots in Victoria with Matt Vinc stopping 32.
The series returns to the LEC on Aug. 21 for game three with game four scheduled for Aug. 23 back in Victoria.
The fifth game will be Aug. 27 at the LEC.
All three start at 7:45 p.m.