MacDonald rolls for Thunder

After getting pulled in his last game, Vernon's Brodie MacDonald responded with a 45-save showing in Game 2 of the Western Lacrosse Association playoff finals, lifting the Langley Thunder to a 12-6 win over the New Westminster Salmonbellies Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.

Langley Thunder head coach Rod Jensen knew netminder Brodie MacDonald’s character would be tested against the high-powered New Westminster Salmonbellies.

After getting pulled in the second period of Game 1 of the best-of-seven Western Lacrosse Association playoff finals (an 8-3 loss), MacDonald, a Vernon Re/Max Tiger grad, showed his mental toughness with a 45-save showing in Game 2, lifting his team to a 12-6 win Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.

Tied 2-2 after the first period, Langley pushed ahead to take a 6-5 lead after 40 minutes before blowing the game wide open with six more strikes in a penalty-filled third frame.

A mini line brawl broke out with 56 seconds to play, with MacDonald and teammates Jamie Lincoln and Steve Hay earning fighting majors. Kyle Ross, Matt Roik and Matt Laustrup were New Westminster’s combatants.

Roik earned an additional gross misconduct for physical abuse of an official, while Laustrup earned an extra penalty for leaving the bench.

MacDonald collected second star, while the Thunder’s Athan Iannucci took first star for firing four goals and adding one assist. Third star Kevin Crowley had a hat trick for New Westminster.

Game 3 goes tonight at Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster, with Game 4 slated for Tuesday in Langley.