Thunder go up 2-0

Vernon's Brodie MacDonald backstops Langley Thunder to 2-0 series lead over Burnaby Lakers in WLA seminfinals.

Vernon’s Brodie MacDonald is putting his 6-foot-7, 270-pound frame to good use in the Western Lacrosse Association playoffs.

The 22-year-old Langley Thunder netminder recorded 31 saves to backstop his team to a 9-6 win over the host Burnaby Lakers in Game 2 of their best-of-seven semifinal series Friday night at Bill Copeland Arena.

The defending champion Thunder will hold a 2-0 series lead as they host the Lakers for Game 3 Tuesday night at Langley Events Centre.

Langley built a 3-0 lead after one period, extending the margin to 7-3 after two. Burnaby’s Dane Stevens scored twice in the last two minutes of regulation to make the contest look closer than it actually was.

First star Lewis Ratcliff led the visitors with five goals and one assist on a dozen shots.

Scott Jones had four goals for Burnaby.

Langley was 2-for-5 on the powerplay, Burnaby went 2-for-6.