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Cowichan Thunder drive to a draw as Aces pull out comeback

Rats fall to Blazers
Wade Mason and goalie Kain Stewart both have eyes on the ball during senior C Thunder action recently. (Paula Harris photo)

After a 1-0 victory courtesy of a forfeit by the Firefighters on May 11, the Cowichan Thunder senior C lacrosse team was back in action on May 14 against the Aces.

Team captain Tyson Black scored the first two goals of the game to put the Thunder up 2-0 before Cowichan goalie Kain Stewart assisted Devyn Zunti to push the lead to three.

Each team scored twice more in the period to bring the score to 5-2 Thunder after one period of play.

The Thunder had the upper hand in the second period with three goals to just one for the Aces, giving Cowichan a solid 8-4 advantage to end the second frame.

That’s all the Thunder could muster but the Aces had more in the tank.

Four late goals pulled the home team even with the visiting Thunder and that’s how it would end — an 8-8 draw.

Mathieu Jung led the scoring for Cowichan with four assists on the night. Both Brayden Zunti and Tyson Black had two goals and a helper while Devyn Zunti had a pair. Ty Salmon and Ben Vanden Dungen each notched singles in the tie.

Stewart stopped 27 of 35 shots on goal for the win.

Meanwhile, the Cowichan River Rats continue to push forward despite injuries and player unavailability, dropping a 15-6 loss to the Blazers on May 11.

Down 6-0 to start the second, Pete Vanden Dungen scored for the Rats but the Blazers rattled off another six goals to extend their lead to 12-1 after two periods.

A five goal output from Cowichan thanks to Dale Darby, Brennan Sothers, Dylan Dewarle, Trevor Philp, and Dan Rabey showed the Rats are capable of scoring in bunches but it was too little too late as the Blazers picked up one final goal to end the game with the 15-6 victory.

The Rats play again tonight, May 16, on the road against the Express before returning home on Saturday, May 25 to play host to the Jokers at 7 p.m. at the Cowichan Community Centre.

The Thunder are slated to visit the Jokers at Archie Browning Arena on May 23 followed by a home tilt against the Tugmen on May 25 following the Rats’ game.