MacDonald boosts WLA Thunder

Vernon's Brodie MacDonald boosts Langley Thunder playoff win.

Gary Ahuja

Black Press

LANGLEY – With the thunder booming outside, the Langley Thunder were making their own rumble inside Langley Events Centre Tuesday night.

The Thunder used a 10-6 victory in Game 3 to take a huge 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Lacrosse Association semifinal series over the Burnaby Lakers.

“We are a good team,” said Thunder coach Rod Jensen, referring to the fact Langley captured the WLA regular season title after a 12-6 record and added valuable pieces to last season’s league champs.

“We are a little bit tougher, more size, more physical. And having that big kid (Vernon’s Brodie MacDonald) in net can be frustrating (for opposing teams).”

MacDonald, a six-foot-seven goaltender who was named the Rookie of the Year last season, is averaging 6.39 goals against per game with a .849 save percentage. That is nearly two full goals below his regular-season average.

The towering keeper backstopped the Thunder with a 31-save effort Tuesday night. Lewis Ratcliff led Langley’s attack with five goals and an assist, and Athan Iannucci had 2+2.

Scott Jones fired four goals for Burnaby.

Langley had a chance for the sweep and a spot in the WLA championship series Thursday in Game 4 at Burnaby’s Bill Copeland Arena. A loss would see the teams return to the LEC on Monday for Game 5.