Vancouver, BC Saturday, January 27, 2018 – For the second time in 24 hours, the Vancouver Stealth hit the floor in National Lacrosse League action.
Vancouver took a 4:00am flight from Denver en route to Langley, only to be welcomed by the reigning NLL Champions, the Georgia Swarm. The injury bug continued to bite the Stealth line up, including Peter McFetridge and Tye Belanger who missed Friday’s action and Jon Harnett, Casey Jackson and Evan Messenger who played the night before.
The Stealth welcomed back transition star Justin Salt, as well as forwards Joel McCready and Logan Schuss who were sitting out Friday night.
The opening minutes began a little foggy for the Stealth as they found themselves in a 3-0 deficit in the first quarter, until Joel McCready found the back of the net twice and Corey Small added a marker to finish the first quarter trailing 5-3. Vancouver’s fortunes turned in the second when Corey Small scored his second and third goal, Logan Schuss added a hat trick in 4:56 of play and the Stealth trailed the Swarm 8-7 at the half.
The teams traded goals and ended the third with Georgia on top 10-9. As the fourth wore on, the effects of the night previous were becoming apparent. Georgia’s transition began to swarm the Stealth as they scored the first four goals in the final frame before Corey Small stopped their run. Vancouver battled back with three straight goals, but the comeback was short-lived as the Swarm defeated the Stealth, 16-12.
Logan Schuss led the way for Vancouver, scoring 3 goals and 5 assists, while Corey Small, Rhys Duch and Joel McCready all had 5 points.
“We are half a game out of a playoff spot right now, that is the light at the end of the tunnel. We have a bunch of guys in here who are stepping up right now and with the veterans we have, I believe this a winning line up,” said Captain Matt Beers. “Saskatchewan is a very good team and the bar is set high, but we want to challenge ourselves on the road. When we come back home, it is going to be an emotional night for us, that’s for sure.”
Vancouver’s next two games will be against the Rush. In Week 9, the Stealth visit Saskatchewan in a key West Division showdown. The following week the teams rematch inside Langley Events Centre. The game will be a special evening for Stealth faithful, as they will be retiring long-time Stealth player and Captain Curtis Hodgson’s jersey.
Tickets to the next home game on February 10 are still available including single game tickets, 3 and 5 game Flex Packs and Boston Pizza Packs, which feature four tickets, one large pizza, four soft drinks and a cactus cut appetizer for $99 at all local Boston Pizzas. The Stealth are also offering Group Promotions for 10 or more tickets at a discounted rate. Stay up-to-date with all breaking news and ticketing information by visiting StealthLAX.com
About the National Lacrosse League:
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional indoor lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 11 franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and Vancouver Stealth. For more information, visit NLL.com and find the NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.