Game preview: Stealth @ Knighthawks

The Vancouver Stealth (2-3) will aim to make it two wins in a row in Rochester on Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena. Coming off their best effort of the season last Saturday, Vancouver is beginning to find their rhythm especially on the offensive side of the ball. Logan Schuss has been leading the way with back to back 9 point performances and was named ‘Air Canada’s Wingman’ for week #6 after recording 3 goals and 6 assists in the Stealth’s 15-7 win over Colorado.

A balanced scoring attack has been a big reason for the offensive success lately. In the last two games, the Stealth have put up a total of 28 goals and have three players in Schuss, Rhys Duch, and Corey Small who are all tied for the team lead in goals with 10.

“We have been attacking loose balls as a unit and are making teams pay on our secondary chances. We have a goal scorer’s mentality out there right now and have been playing with a lot of confidence together. It’s been nice to see the production go up in the last couple games,” said Schuss.

Saturday night will be the one and only meeting of the season between the Stealth and Knighthawks. Rochester has gotten the better of the Stealth franchise in the all-time series with a 14-5 record and have won the last three meetings. This year, the Knighthawks rank fourth in the East Division with a 2-2 record, but have played the least amount of games in the league thus far.

“Rochester is a tough team to play against in their building. They are very good in all three phases of the game and are efficient with the ball as they don’t turn it over too often. We will need to be sharp right from the start,” said Stealth Head Coach Dan Perreault.

Eric Penney and the Stealth defense will need to keep a close eye on 2014 NLL MVP Cody Jamieson, who is averaging more than 6 points a game with 8 goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 4 games. Veteran Dan Dawson is another forward to watch for as he leads the team in goals with 10.

“Those guys are dangerous when they have time and space. We have to play with the same intensity as we did last weekend against Colorado and can’t let up. It should be a good test for us,” said goaltender Eric Penney, who stopped 40 of 47 shots a week ago.

The Stealth power play is an area that has been clicking at a very impressive rate in the last two outings operating at a 64% clip (7 for 11). Overall, the Stealth sit second in power play percentage at 58.3 in the NLL, with Duch leading the team in power play goals with 4, while Schuss is the top point producer with 9.

The game begins at 4:30pm PST and can be seen live on FOX Sports GO in Canada and the United States. TSN1410 Radio will have the broadcast on tape delay at 10:00pm PST, while www.tsn1040.ca has the game streamed live.

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