Special teams play pulls plug on Lakers

Take two turned out the same as the original take.

For the Burnaby junior Lakers, that means the first win of the 2019 B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League season remains elusive.

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Just as in the season opener, Burnaby briefly held a lead but were victim of a late run of goals, falling 13-8 to the upstart Langley Thunder on Monday.

Leading 4-3 late in the first on a Marcus Klarich tally, the Lakers found themselves in a duel through most of the second period where they spent a good portion of the time trailing. Langley's special teams proved to be a major thorn in Burnaby's side, with key powerplay tallies and a pair of shorthanded markers pulling the plug during a late surge in the middle frame.

The Thunder's Nathan McKeigin counted a powerplay goal to make it 7-5, but Burnaby's Kurtis Shum buried his shot to keep the Lakers within a goal. But a short-man marker by Matthew Abbott with 1:50 to play in the period, followed by Ryan Martel's shorthanded effort with 39 seconds left, gave the visitors a three-goal cushion entering the third. Langley would kick off the final frame with four straight goals to improve to 3-0 on the season, while Burnaby is 0-2.

Klarich finished with three goals and an assist, while the 2018 midget draft's No. 1 pick, Sam LaRoue, scored twice and set up two others. Kieran McKay also tallied a pair, while Liam Smith and Thomas Vela counted two helpers each.

Netminder Matteo Tack turned aside 45 shots in a busy night.

Burnaby's road to their first win isn't getting any easier, as they host the New Westminster Salmonbellies on Friday, 8 p.m. at the Bill Copeland Sports Complex. The Lakers also take on PoCo on Monday, 8 p.m. at the Copeland.

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