Junior B Cowichan Valley Thunder wrap up season with loss to Westshore

The Cowichan Valley Thunder wrapped up the junior B lacrosse season last Thursday with a 17-11 loss to the Westshore Bears in Langford.

The Thunder trailed 5-1 after the first period and 11-5 after two before matching the Bears with six goals in the final frame.

"We played flat," coach Lorne Winship said.

Adam Golia finished the game with three goals and three assists, while Colin Winship had three goals and two helpers, and Graham Winship scored twice and sent up two others.

Tyler Clint had one goal and three assists, Tyson Black had a goal and two assists, Luke Anderson had a goal and one assist, and Kelvin Philp had two helpers and Alex Hayton added one.

It was the final game for Anderson and

captain Brandon Clark, both of whom are aging out of junior eligibility.

The Thunder had already sealed up the Pacific Northwest Lacrosse League’s regular season title, but won’t be competing for the playoff championship because not enough players could commit to playing in provincials.

Graham Winship finished as the PNWJLL scoring leader with 93 points on 54 goals and 39 assists in 16 games. Tyson Black, a first-year intermediate player who was called up for 15 of the junior B team’s 16 games, finished second in league scoring with 67 points in 23 goals and 44 assists.

Black and the rest of the intermediate B Thunder started their best-of-three Island final against the Saanich Tigers on Tuesday evening. The intermediate Thunder and Tigers split their five regular season games with two wins, two losses and one tie each.