Vernon’s Brodie MacDonald was supposed to get the night off Thursday as the Langley Thunder hosted the Coquitlam Adanacs in Western Lacrosse Association playoff action.
MacDonald, 23, was pressed into play after starting goalie Nick Rose was given a game misconduct 5:55 into the first period for illegal use of equipment.
A Vernon Tigers’ grad, MacDonald made 30 saves as Langley clipped the Adanacs 9-7 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven semifinal series. Game 4 went Saturday night in Coquitlam.
Adam Jones and Shayne Jackson each scored twice for Langley, while Brett Hickey supplied four goals for the Adanacs. Adam Shule took the loss with 31 stops.
MacDonald recorded 38 saves as the Thunder iced the host Adanacs 8-6 Tuesday night.
Dane Dobbie pocketed 2+1 for Langley, while Garrett Billings earned first star with 1+4 and Athan Iannucci bagged 1+3. Mark Matthews, Alex Turner, Jones and Brett Mydske added singles at the Sports Centre.
Coquitlam got four goals from Daryl Veltman, 1+3 from Hickey and one goal from Travis Cornwall. Adam Shule made 32 saves.
Meanwhile, the host Victoria Shamrocks used three goals each from Corey Small and Brody Eastwood to sink the Burnaby Lakers 17-3 in Game 3 of their semifinal Friday on Vancouver Island.
The Shamrocks, who hold a 3-0 lead, clipped the Lakers 12-11 Wednesday night.
Game 4 of that set goes tonight in Burnaby.