Reeling from two straight losses, the host Peterborough Lakers regrouped to earn a 14-10 win over the Langley Thunder in Game 3 of the Mann Cup Senior A lacrosse championships Monday night at the Memorial Centre.
Tied 7-7 after two periods, the Lakers exploded for seven goals in the third frame. After leaving Game 2 with a suspected knee injury, Peterborough’s John Grant returned to lead his team with three goals and an assist. Jordan MacIntosh (3G), Mark Steenhuis, Shawn Evans (1+5) and John Tavares (1+2) also had big nights for Peterborough.
Athan Ianucci (4+1), Alex Turner (2+1), Tor Reinholdt (2+1), Lewis Ratcliff (1+4) and Matt Leveque answered for the Thunder.
Langley netminder Brodie MacDonald, a Vernon product, continues to be the busier of the keepers, averaging more than 50 shots a game. He had 39 stops in Monday’s loss.
MacDonald backstopped the Thunder with a 39-save showing in Langley’s 15-14 OT win in Game 2 Sunday. Tyler Carlson had 26 saves for the Lakers.
Garrett Billings was clutch for Langley, collecting two of his three goals in OT and adding seven assists for a 10-point night. Other offence came from Iannucci (4+3), Joel McCready (3+2), Ratcliff (2+3), Turner (1+3), Reinholdt (1+3) and Nik Bilic.
The Lakers were led with 4+1 from Cory Vitarelli, three goals from Evans and 2+1 from Grant.
Similar to the series opener, Peterborough built up a first-period lead, only to watch Langley storm back in the second frame.
Games 4 and 5 go tonight and Friday, respectively. If necessary, Games 6 and 7 would go Saturday and Sunday.