Langley Thunder netminder Brodie MacDonald stops New Westminster Salmonbellies forward Jeff Zywicki in close in the first period of Thursday's fifth game in their best-of-seven WLA final at Queen's Park Arena.

Langley Thunder netminder Brodie MacDonald stops New Westminster Salmonbellies forward Jeff Zywicki in close in the first period of Thursday's fifth game in their best-of-seven WLA final at Queen's Park Arena.

MacDonald nets playoff MVP nod

Vernon's Brodie MacDonald earned Playoff MVP after he backstopped the Langley Thunder to an upset win over the New Westminster Salmonbellies in the Western Lacrosse Association final.

  • Aug. 31, 2011 11:00 a.m.

When Brodie MacDonald is on his game, it usually means a frustrating night for opposing shooters.

For the New Westminster Salmonbellies, that was the case throughout the entire Western Lacrosse Association championship series. They  unleashed 41 shots at the hulking Langley Thunder netminder and still fell 7-5 in a series-deciding Game 6 Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre.

MacDonald, who finished the playoffs with a 7.24 goals against average and .840 save percentage, earned game star awards in four of the six championship games, including first star Saturday night, and was named Playoff MVP for his brilliant crease performance.

The Thunder now host the Mann Cup national championships, Sept. 7-15. It will be Langley’s first-ever berth in the Canadian finals.

Meanwhile, after opening the best-of-three Minto Cup national junior A finals with a win, the Coquitlam Adanacs dropped two straight games to the Whitby Warriors of Ontario last weekend in Okotoks, Alta.

The defending champion A’s fell 5-4 and 12-7 to Whitby Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Vernon’s Josh Phillips recorded seven saves in 20 minutes of relief work after Coquitlam starter Steve Fryer was pulled in Sunday’s contest.