February 26, Denver, Colorado- The Vancouver Stealth (3-4) and the Colorado Mammoth (6-2) play their third of four games against each other on Saturday afternoon. The season series may be tied at 1-1, but the games have been anything but close in the two meetings thus far. Colorado won the first game 14-5 on January 23, while the Stealth took the next one 15-7 on February 6 at the Langley Events Centre.
The Stealth head into Pepsi Center coming off their biggest win of the season over the Calgary Roughnecks last Saturday night. After being down as many as seven goals late in the third quarter, the Stealth rallied to score eight in a row and eventually got a game winning goal from Corey Small in overtime to earn a 14-13 victory. As for the Mammoth, they did not play in week #8 and should be fresh heading into tomorrow. They will be looking for their third straight win after knocking off Saskatchewan on February 11 and Calgary on February 13, both of which were on the road.
“It is going to be another good test for our guy’s tomorrow. The Mammoth are the second highest scoring team in the league right now and have a lot of guys that can hurt you. We can’t have two or three guys playing well, it is going to have to be by committee,” said Stealth Defense Coach Clay Richardson.
The Stealth defense did a terrific job on Callum Crawford, John Grant, and Adam Jones in the last meeting as they held them to a combined 10 points. In the first game, those three combined for 20. The seven goals the Mammoth put up against the Stealth in early February was their lowest goal output in a single game this season. They sit fourth in the NLL averaging 12.50 goals per game, while the Stealth sit in sixth at 11.71. However, in the last four games, Vancouver is averaging 14.25.
Three out of the top four scorers in the National Lacrosse League will be taking part in the game. Crawford sits second in league with 49 points in 8 games, while Logan Schuss (45 points in 7 games), and John Grant (43 points in 8 games) are behind him respectively. Rhys Duch currently ranks #10 (39 points in 7 games) in the NLL, and has recorded at least a hat-trick in four straight games.
“Our team has started to come together pretty good over these last couple of games, but we have to get off to a good start. We can’t go down like we did last game and expect to comeback from that every time. Colorado is the top team in the league right now and are there for a reason,” said Stealth Director of Player Development Kevin Alexander.
The Stealth power play continues to be a weapon on a consistent basis operating at a 60.60% ratio, which is #1 in the NLL. Over the last four contests, the man advantage has scored at least three times in each game, and are 13 for 20 in that span. Duch leads the team with 7 goals on the power play, while Schuss is behind him with 5. Schuss also leads all players in scoring in the season series with 13 points in the 2 match-ups.
The game is a 3:00pm MT/2:00pm PST face-off from the Pepsi Center and will be nationally televised on TSN2. It will also be available on TSN GO and live on the radio on TSN1410 and online at www.tsn1040.ca.