The Mission Cedar Kings did what no other team in the West Central Senior Lacrosse Association has been able to do this season: beat the Port Moody Express.
Hosting their lone home game of the year at the Mission Leisure Centre on Saturday, the Cedar Kings trailed for the majority of the game, but turned it on late in the third to score a 6-5 win.
Mission got goals from Gavan Sand (two), Evan Wortley, Cody Thompson, John Makowsky and Tony Corbin.
The teams were tied at two after the first period, with Port Moody holding a 4-3 lead after two. The Express held a 5-4 lead with 12:35 left in the game, but Sand scored the tying goal on the power play with 5:46 left. Sand was then set up all alone in front of the net for the game winner with 2:31 remaining.
Wortley had a team-high two assists, and goalie Jeff Lissimore made 39 saves to earn the win.
It was the first time the defending champion Express has been defeated in 2017.
The game was the lone home game scheduled for the Cedar Kings, with their remaining games occurring in Langley and Port Coquitlam. Cam Slater of the Cedar Kings said it was a nice win for his team.
“We were really excited to play at home and couldn’t be happier to get the win and put on a good one for the fans,” he said.
Mission’s record sits at four wins and two losses in WCSLA regular-season play, and they sit alone in third place in the league.
The Cedar Kings return to action on Saturday, when they take on the Burnaby Lakers at the Port Coquitlam Arena. The following weekend, Mission takes on the North Shore Indians on June 3 and the Langley Warriors on June 4. Both of those games are scheduled for the Langley Events Centre.
For more on the league, visit wcsll.teamopolis.com.