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Bears and Tigers both bear the brunt of Thunder

Eluding the defence of Matt Moodycliffe and Dan Massy of the Westshore Bears requires a slick manoeuvre from Ryan Taylor of the Cowichan Thunder in a Junior B lacrosse game Saturday. - Andrew Leong
Eluding the defence of Matt Moodycliffe and Dan Massy of the Westshore Bears requires a slick manoeuvre from Ryan Taylor of the Cowichan Thunder in a Junior B lacrosse game Saturday.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Winning ways of the Cowichan Thunder Junior B lacrosse team are continuing.

The  Thunder overcame a slow start to top the Westshore Bears 11-6 Saturday. The Bears led 3-1 after the first period but the second saw Cowichan rally to go in front 6-5.

A brawl erupted in the second, with several players on both sides ejected.

“The third period settled down and Cowichan started to dominate the game,’’ noted coach Lorne Winship.

Ryan Taylor racked up nine points on two goals and seven assists; Graham Winship chipped in three goals and three assists; new player Bryson Weberg from Nanaimo contributed three goals and an assist; Joey Robb and Adam Golia each had a goal and two assists; and goalie Nathan Clark even had two assists along with Chance Koughan.

Monday action saw the Thunder defeat the Saanich Tigers 19-13 in a see-saw battle.

“Our defence was rather soft early in the game as well as our offense wasn’t working hard to get to the bench, allowing Saanich multiple fast breaks and breakaways,’’ noted coach Winship.

Cowichan led 4-3 after the first, it was tied 11-11 after two and remained deadlocked 13-13 with seven minutes remaining. The Thunder finished with six unanswered goals.

Graham Winship led the way with eight goals, including six in the second period, and two assists. Jamie Jensen had five goals, call-up Tyson Black a goal and six assists, Golia five assists, Weberg three goals and an assist and single goals went to Koughan and Brennan Stothers.

Next home game for the Thunder at the Island Savings Centre is Monday, June 9 at 8 p.m. against Westshore.

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