WLA Tie-Breaking Rules
Date: Jul 23, 2019
By Ian McNaughton
It’s another important week in the WLA, starting on Wednesday when the new look Coquitlam Adanacs travel to the Langley Events Centre to meet the Langley Thunder in a rematch of the Thunder’s 12-8 win over the Adanacs on Saturday at the Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex. Coquitlam, after their blockbuster deal Wednesday with the Maple Ridge Burrards, aim to get their 2nd win of the season over a Thunder team that want their first home win of the season.
On Wednesday, the Adanacs traded the 2019 playing rights of Wes Berg, Alex Bohl, and Christian Del Bianco, along with the playing rights to Brett Kujala and a 2020 2nd round pick, to Maple Ridge for the Burrards first-round pick in 2020 and 2022, along with the playing rights to Chase McIntyre and Ryan Johnson. The move comes as the Adanacs sit just 1-6 this season and in a season where the Adanacs hoped to compete with the elite in the WLA.
That hasn’t happened as the team had hoped and as a result, the Adanacs have made several changes. Last season, Coquitlam fell 8-7 to the Thunder in their only game at the Langley Events Centre with Dean Fairall scoring 3 points in the losing effort. Things can only go up for the Adanacs and a win tonight would do wonders for this team.
For the Thunder, they’ve been sparked by the return of Dane Dobbie, who’s got 16 points in his 3 last games, including a 5 goal performance against Coquitlam Saturday. In last year’s 8-7 home win against Coquitlam, Dobbie had 4 goal game, scoring the game-tying and winning 4 minutes apart of one another in the third period. When you’re hot, you’re hot, and right now, Dobbie is scorching.
Langley’s leading scorer Connor Robinson had a strong showing on Saturday night, scoring 7 points and racked up 2 powerplay goals. Thunder forward Brad McCulley has been on a bit of cool streak, scoring just 2 goals in his last 2 games and if they Langley can get him going, along with the already talented Robinson/Dobbie duo, Langley will have an exciting triple threat of scorers for opposing defenses to try and defend.