Junior B Thunder loses last game, still finishes first

Winning the Pacific North West Junior Lacrosse League
Winning the Pacific North West Junior Lacrosse League's regular-season championship is quite a feat for the Cowichan Thunder.
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A loss in the last Pacific North West Junior Lacrosse League scheduled game didn't tarnish a brilliant regular season by the Cowichan Thunder.

The Thunder dropped a 17-11 decision to Westshore last Thursday but still claimed the banner as league champions.

Westshore led 5-1 after the first period and 11-5 after two, but the Thunder picked it up and played on even terms during the third, with the teams splitting 12 goals.

Adam Golia (three goals, three assists) and Graham Winship (two goals, four assists) each had six -point outings for the Thunder. Call-up Colin Winship got into the act with three goals and two assists while Tyler Clint contributed a goal and three assists, Tyson Black a goal and two assists, Luke Anderson a goal and an assist, Kelvin Philp two assists and Alex Hayton an assist.

It was the final junior game for Anderson and Brandon Clark, who have completed their eligibility.

Graham Winship finished the season first in league scoring with 54 goals and 39 assists for 93 points in 16 games. Black, an Intermediate call-up, was second with 67 points on 23 goals and 44 assists in 15 games.

Unfortunately, the Thunder is unable to enter the provincial championships in Vernon, with several players having commitments.

The best-of-three Intermediate B Island final pits Cowichan against Saanich. The teams split five meetings during the season, with each winning two and one ending in a tie.

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