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  • Retiring Curtis Hodgson’s jersey is one of the better things the Vancouver Stealth have ever done.Hodgson’s No. 6 will be pulled from circulation with the National Lacrosse League club and raised to the Langley Events Centre rafters Saturday as part of a visit from the Saskatchewan Rush (7 p.m., TSN 1410 AM).It marks the first time the Stealth have honoured a player in such a manner.

  • It’s easy to forget Eric Penney is just 24 years old considering how much he’s crammed into his lacrosse career already.Penney is getting another crack as the Vancouver Stealth’s No. 1 netminder after he was bumped up from third-string status on Jan. 13 and made 52 saves in an 11-10 overtime win on the road against the Buffalo Bandits.

  • Tyler Garrison’s Vancouver Stealth comeback is on hiatus.The Stealth had hoped that the speedy Garrison would add to their transition game this National Lacrosse League season after missing all of last year with a neck injury, but he pulled out of training camp last week to focus on school after being accepted into a master of business administration program at UBC.

  • Cliff Smith is one of Curtis Hodgson’s longest-serving teammates and closest friends in lacrosse, and he admits he’s not quite sure what Hodgson retiring from the Vancouver Stealth will really mean to the group.

  • There are various postseason scenarios, but as Vancouver righty Joel McCready says, “if we win, we’re in control.”Saturday’s make-or-break showdown against the Vancouver Stealth at the Langley Events Centre will be one of the easiest travel days of the year for many members of the Calgary Roughnecks. That includes their home games as well.

  • The Vancouver Stealth lost their grasp on a playoff position Saturday night but did add suspense to their game next week. The Stealth’s 16-12 loss in Saskatoon to the Saskatchewan Rush, coupled with the Calgary Roughnecks’ 13-8 win at home over the Buffalo Bandits, meant that the Roughnecks (7-9) leapfrogged the Stealth (6-9) for the third and final postseason spot out of the National Lacrosse League’s West Division for the time being at the very least.

  • The Vancouver Stealth haven’t given up a goal to Saskatchewan Rush star Mark Matthews in two starts this season, which is both a positive and negative stat going into their upcoming visit to Saskatoon. It’s evidence of the Stealth’s improved defence this year, for one thing. It’s also unlikely that Vancouver will be able to keep a player of Matthews’ ilk from finding the back of the net when they head to the SaskTel Centre on Saturday (6:30 p.m., tsn.ca/radio/vancouver). With four game

  • The Vancouver Stealth’s duel with the Calgary Roughnecks for the final playoff spot out of the National Lacrosse League’s West Division added an element Monday, when the Stealth announced the signing of former Roughnecks defender Jon Harnett. Harnett, 28, was released outright by the Roughnecks on March 24, ending a seven-year run with the team, which also includes his brother Greg Harnett, 26, another defender.

  • LEC crew looking to re-boot offence after 13-7 loss last week in TorontoThe Vancouver Stealth are into must wins and scoreboard watching. With five games left in their National Lacrosse League season, the Stealth (5-8) hold down the third and final playoff spot out of the West Division, percentage points in front of the Calgary Roughnecks (5-9). There’s an argument that things are trending Calgary’s way, though. The Stealth host the Toronto Rock (8-5) at the Langley Events Centre Friday (7:3

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