Bellies and Thunder Will Face Off in WLA Finals.
The Bellies will face the Langley Thunder in the WLA finals, beginning next Wednesday, August 16 at Queens Park Arena. All games will begin at 7:30 in the best-of-seven series. The winner will host the Major Series Lacrosse champion in the Mann Cup in September. The Bellies have the home floor advantage and will host games 1 (Aug 16) and 3 (Aug 20). If needed, games 5 and 7 will also take place at Queen's Park. Tickets are available on-line and at the gate.
All other games will be played at the Langley Events Centre and tickets must be purchased through the Thunder website or at their ticket window.
HOME GAME TICKETS FOR GAMES 1 (Aug 16) AND 3 (Aug 20) ARE ON SALE NOW.
on-line ticket sales continue until 7:40 on game nights.
The Tale of the Tape
The Bellies and the Thunder battled it out throughout the season first place. New Westminster came out ahead in the final standings with one more win than Langley. The Bellies played Langley three times during the season, winning on the third occasion (15-13), but losing the other two by scores of 9-7 and 13-5.
Both teams are stacked with NLL players, including their goalies and top scorers. Their regular season stat lines were eerily similar, but they were even tighter in the first round of the WLA playoffs.
New West finished their series against the Victoria Shamrocks in three games, but they were all close affairs. The Bellies' top scorers in the first round were Mitch Jones (6G, 15A), Haiden Dickson (8G, 3A), Will Malcom (5G, 8A) and Keegan Bal (2G, 11A). Goaltender Zach Higgins played all three games, earning an 80.4% Save Average and 9.68 Goals Against Average. The Bellies got goals from 12 different players in their 3 game series.
Langley needed four games to complete the semis, but their first two wins were by substantial margins. The Thunder had a 15 goal differential after two games, but that number was much closer in games 3 and 4 of the series. Connor Robinson accounted for 19 of Langley's goals in the 4 game span. Curtis Dickson (9G, 14A), Robert Church (9G, 12A) and Dane Dobbie (1G, 12A). Frank Scigliano played all but 2 minutes of his team's series, earning an 87.2% Save Average and a 7.07 GAA. The Thunder had 9 different scorers in their 4-game series.
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