Only two games remain in the WCSLA regular season schedule, and although it would set up to be a much more dramatic night if both games had major implications in how the playoff landscape will shape up, it won’t be that way.
The North Shore Indians are riding a wave of form that hasn’t been matched by many teams in BC’s Senior B circuit. They have won six straight after starting the season 0-7 and host a winless Valley Rebels team that is probably more interested in spending the rest of the summer with a beer in their hand than a lacrosse stick tonight. Since signing many major contributors along the way, North Shore has edged between being unstoppable and missing the playoffs at the same time.
With a win, North Shore would pull to .500 on the year and edge out the Coquitlam Adanacs for the last spot in the playoffs. A win would also leapfrog the Victoria Wolves and into a matchup with the Royal City Capitals, who the Indians beat 15-8 last week.
Down the road in Langley represents a chance for either team to clinch first place in the league, with the Pioneers previously beating the Warriors this season. It’s a good chance for Langley to clinch first place and avoid playing the upstart Nanaimo Timbermen, who shook off early season struggles to become a viable contender for a provincial title once more. Ladner will also prefer to miss the T-Men as well, given Nanaimo has beaten Ladner both times this season and seems to be a difficult matchup for the Pios.
After signing goaltender Tye Belanger for the rest of the regular season, Langley will be the team to beat if they wrap up first place, but would likely get the winner of that Royal City-North Shore tie.
Ladner is 2-3 in their last five and have slowed down since the start of the season.
Langley plays Ladner at the LEC Fieldhouse at 8:30 PM while Valley travels to the Harry Jerome Centre for an 8 o’clock ball drop.