Pieper picks up first WLA win

Two years ago, Chad Pieper had a rush trying out for the National Lacrosse League Philadelphia Wings.

Two years ago, Chad Pieper had a rush trying out for the National Lacrosse League Philadelphia Wings.

This week, the 36-year-old popular goaltender played half a game making his debut with the Senior A Western Lacrosse Association Langley Thunder, 10-8 winners over the Nanaimo Timbermen.

“They called me up late Monday night so I took the afternoon off work and my parents also came down,” said Pieper, of the Wednesday night game at the Langley Events Centre.

“We got stuck in traffic and I was almost late for the game. They told me they were going to give me some floor time, but I was thinking maybe 10-15 minutes in the third if the game wasn’t close.”

Instead, Vernon Tiger grad Brodie MacDonald,  24, originally drafted by the Wings, started and recorded nine saves on 10 shots in almost 27 minutes of floor time.

Pieper made 17 saves, while allowing seven goals, earning the win.

“I went in when we were up 4-1 or 3-1. I let in three power play goals, two extra attacker goals, one 4-on-4, and one even strength. I stopped three or four breakaways, It was a lot of fun. It was nice of them to put me in for that much time.”

Pieper backstopped the Senior C Shamrocks to the  Okanagan final against the Kelowna Raiders this year.

He joked: “If I had their (Langley’s) defence, we would never lose a game in Armstrong.”

The Thunder finished the regular season at 7-11. Playoffs start next week.

Former Armstrong Shamrock runner, Brett Hawrys missed a chance to close out the B.C Junior A Lacrosse League title Friday night.

The New Westminster Salmonbellies clipped the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-6 in Game 6 at the Coquitlam Sports Centre.

Hawrys sniped his first goal of the series and added an assist.

Game 7 goes tomorrow night at Queens Park Arena in New Westminister.  The winner advances to the Junior A Provincials.