The Vancouver Stealth (3-11) and the Calgary Roughnecks (7-9) finish their four game season series tomorrow night at the Langley Events Centre. Last Saturday, the Roughnecks beat the Stealth 16-12 in their home arena and hold a 2-1 season series advantage. Vancouver trails Calgary by 3 games in the chase for the third and final playoff spot in the West Division.
“We have to work harder to play a full 60 minutes and close out games when we have the opportunity to. It seems like mental mistakes are costing us and we have to clean that up going forward if we want to make the playoffs,” said defenseman Matt Beers.
Last game, the Stealth received a boost with three players in Logan Schuss, Matt Beers, and Tyler Hass returning to the line-up. Beers had 2 caused turnovers and six loose balls, Hass chipped in with an assist and 5 loose balls, while Schuss contributed 6 points (2G, 4A) and led the team with 9 loose balls.
“It felt great to get back in the mix with the boys as it was a tough few weeks not being able to go out and make a difference on the floor. I thought we did some things well last game, but offensively, we need to produce more quality shots and get after their goalie early,” said Logan Schuss.
In his four games behind the Stealth bench, Jamie Batley has yet to have all his regulars in the line-up due to injury, but has been pleased with the players who have filled in.
“At one point we had seven players on injured reserve, but I think the guys lower on the depth chart have come in and have played pretty well. It can be tough on a team to have so many guys hurt all at once, but these kind of things happen throughout the course of the season and you have to adjust,” said Batley.
In the season series against Calgary, the top three scorers on the Stealth in Rhys Duch, Corey Small, and Logan Schuss have been very productive combining for 63 points. Schuss leads all players through 3 games with 8 goals and 15 assists, while Duch is right behind him with 9 goals and 12 assists. Curtis Dickson leads the Roughnecks in scoring versus Vancouver with 13 goals and 7 assists.
Only four games remain in the 2016 regular season. Including tonight, the Stealth play two home games in a row (host Saskatchewan a week from tonight) and conclude with back-to-back road games on April 29 in Colorado and April 30 in Georgia.