Midgets in a tight battle
Nanaimo extended the Cowichan Valley Midget A Thunder lacrosse team to a third and deciding game for a berth in the A2 provincial championship.
The teams completed game one first Tuesday night at Fuller Lake Arena. Five additional minutes of overtime was played to comply with league rules after Nanaimo won a protest.
But the extra time didn’t affect the outcome and Bantam A call-up Mathieu Jung’s overtime goal from the previous outing stood up as the winner in a 5-4 Cowichan victory.
The teams then took a break before playing game two that went in the books as a 6-5 Nanaimo triumph.
“I think we’re the better team, not (Tuesday) night on the scoreboard anyway,’’ said Thunder coach Lorne Winship.
Nanaimo jumped into a 3-0 lead, as the Thunder encountered penalty trouble in the first period.
Cowichan battled back to within 3-2 before Nanaimo pulled away with two more goals. However, the Thunder tied it again, only to give up the winner to Nanaimo in the last three minutes.
“We couldn’t muster a comeback in the last couple of minutes,’’ said Winship.
“We lost fair and square. We probably outchanced them, but their goalie played extremely well.’’
Braylen Lumb (2), Brandon Corby, Adam Golia and Taylor Martin scored the Cowichan goals.
It all came down to one game in Nanaimo for the right to represent the island in the A2 provincials at Port Coquitlam.
In between, Derek Harris’ Cowichan Midget C Thunder played its third and deciding playoff game against Nanaimo and lost 5-3, dashing its hopes for the provincials.
The Bantam A1 Thunder lost its first game to Juan de Fuca in the island finals.