Former Burnaby Jr. Laker Garrett Billings had a Mann Cup to remember, but his team came home emptyhanded.
The Langley Thunder sniper led all scorers with seven goals and 25 assists in the six-game series, but his team lost the best-of-seven in six games to the powerhouse Peterborough Lakers.
"Obviously we're disappointed with our finish," Billings said. "We thought we had a few chances to win but that's what happens when you are playing a team as deep as Peterborough."
After scoring 21 points in the first three games of the series - two of them Langley wins , Billings had a quieter final three games, notching 11 points.
The Thunder took the first two games of the series, 13-12 on Sept. 7 and 15-14 in overtime on Sept. 9, before losing the final four games.
Game 3's 14-10 loss on Sept. 10 was followed by a heartbreaking 9-8 loss on Sept. 12, a 9-5 loss on Sept. 14 and the clinching 14-8 Peterborough victory on Sept. 15.
The Lakers were led by superstar performances from John Grant Jr., who had 16 goals and 15 assists in the series, and Shawn Evans, who also had 31 points - seven goals and 24 assists.
Billings often set up teammate Port Moody native Athan Iannucci, who finished the series with 15 goals and 13 assists.
Western Lacrosse Association commissioner Casey Cook couldn't attend the final in person, but watched the games online.
"The Thunder just got themselves into an unfortunate situation where they got outplayed in the second half of the game and that cost them," said Cook. "They got off to a great start, but when the Lakers got going, the Thunder were in trouble."