The Vancouver Stealth (1-1) and the Colorado Mammoth (3-0) play their first of four meetings on Saturday night at 7:00pm PST. Both teams are coming off thrilling wins in week #3. The Stealth went into Saskatchewan and knocked off the defending champion Rush 13-11, led by 5 goals (including a natural hat-trick) and 6 points from Corey Small. The Mammoth on the other hand, mounted a fourth quarter comeback to force overtime, and won in the extra session 15-14 with the winner coming from Mike Burke.
The Mammoth enter the LEC as the highest scoring team in the NLL with 47 goals through three games. Adam Jones and Callum Crawford are tied for the team lead in points with 23 and are second in league scoring. No one in the NLL has scored more goals than Jones with 13. Colorado also carries four out of the league’s top five points leaders.
“We are going to have to be at our best if we want to beat them. They are the best team in the league right now and their record shows it. After playing with them last year, they are a team that likes to make plays in transition and we have to be ready,” said Ian Hawksbee, who spent three seasons in a Mammoth uniform.
The Stealth will look to duplicate the defensive effort they put forth in the last quarter against the Rush. The defense did a fantastic job at keeping the Rush’s high powered offense at bay and got timely saves from Eric Penney, who pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter.
“The defense allowed me to see everything, which made my job easier. It was awesome to see us perform the way we did when it mattered the most and we will need to be equally as good against a team like Colorado,” said Penney.
Last season, the Mammoth won the season series 3-1 and were led by John Grant Jr, who recorded 6 goals and 20 assists for 26 points in the four games. Adam Jones played in three of four match-ups and tallied 22 points. Rhys Duch paced the Stealth offense putting away 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points, while Corey Small was right behind him with 16 points.
STEALTH NOTES: All-time, the Stealth franchise is 22-16 against the Mammoth and at home are a solid 14-4. Corey Small is four points away from reaching the 300-point plateau for his career. The Stealth’s best quarter this season has been the first, with a goal differential of plus 3.
STEALTH TOP 5 POINTS LEADERS:
Rhys Duch 4 goals + 7 assists= 11 points
Corey Small 6 goals + 2 assists= 8 points
Garrett Billings 1 goal + 7 assists= 8 points
Logan Schuss 1 goals + 4 assists= 5 points
Joel McCready 3 goals + 0 assists= 3 points
Promotion: It is Logan Schuss bobble head night. The first 1000 fans into the building will receive a free bobble head souvenir. For tickets, please call 604.882.8800 or visit http://www.stealthlax.com/single-game-tickets/