The Maple Ridge Burrards stretched their winless streak to seven games last weekend as they tied the Burnaby Lakers 9-9 Friday night on the road before falling to the Langley Thunder 13-10 Sunday night at home.
The Burrards are 0-6-1 this season, sitting in last place in the Western Lacrosse Association standings with one point.
While the Maple Ridge Burrards have seen the return of much of their lineup in the past weeks, with arrival of Riley Loewen, Simon Giourmetakis, and Jarrett Davis, still missing is the Burrards’ leading scorer last season, Curtis Dickson, who is still out with a shoulder injury sustained while playing in the NLL.
The Burrards were at least able to earn their first point of the season Friday night with a 9-9 tie with the Lakers. Maple Ridge looked poised to win the game after scoring six unanswered goals to take a 6-2 lead late in the second period. However, Burnaby bounced back with six goals of their own, forcing the Burrards to score a pair of late goals to send the game to overtime with the score 8-8.
Brandon Bertoia drew first blood for the Burrards in overtime, but Burnaby’s Casey Jackson scored shorthanded with just 23 seconds to go to even things up and deny Maple Ridge their first two-point game of 2012.
Derek Lowe led the Burrards in scoring with two goals and four assists.
The Burrards were up against the white-hot Langley Thunder Sunday night, who after starting the season 1-2 have won four straight to pull into a tie for first place in the WLA with the Victoria Shamrocks.
Langley got out to an early 4-0 lead before Randy Daly got the Burrards on the board 13 minutes into the first period. The Flames managed to chip away at the Thunder’s lead in the second period, tying the game 6-6 with five minutes left in the middle frame.
That prompted Langley to pull goalie Steve Fryer and replace him with Brodie MacDonald. The move sparked the Thunder, who went on to score seven goals to Maple Ridge’s two over the next 20 minutes, giving them a five-goal 13-8 lead with five minutes left on the clock.
A pair of late goals brought the Burrards within three, but it wasn’t enough for the win.
Burrards back-up goalie Blake Duncan allowed 13 goals on 40 shots in net.
Aaron Pascas led the Burrards in scoring with five goals.