Cowichan storms out in final series opener

The Vancouver Island Intermediate B Lacrosse League playoffs began in impressive form for the Cowichan Valley Thunder as they crushed the Saanich Tigers 23-4 at the Island Savings Centre on Tuesday evening.

Cowichan led 9-3 after the first period and 16-4 after two. Dallas McLaughlin had a fantastic outing in net.

Brandon Corby led the scoring parade with five goals and one assist, Colin Winship had four goals and seven assists, while Tyson Black had three goals and six helpers, and Adam Golia had three goals and five assists.

James Taylor scored three times and set up two goals, Mathieu Jung had two goals and six assists, and Jimmy Johnnie, Mitch Page and Corwin Trent also scored. Thomas Charlie added one assist.

Although the Thunder now lead the best-of-three series 1-0, coach Lorne Winship isn’t banking on a sweep when play resumes at Panorama on Friday.

"Our roster will be completely different, with players away to NAIG, the BC Summer Games, work commitments and holidays," he said. "I’ll be lucky to have 12 players."

If a third game is necessary, the teams will play Monday night at Fuller Lake Arena.