The Stealth and Roughnecks play their second of four meetings on the season on Saturday night. On January 30 at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary came away with a 15-13 win in a game that came down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Vancouver enters 0.5 games behind Calgary in the West Division standings with a 2-4 record, and both teams come into the LEC suffering losses last week. The Stealth fell to the Rochester Knighthawks 16-15 in overtime, while the Roughnecks played host to the Colorado Mammoth and lost 13-8.
“There were some positives and negatives in our loss to Rochester, but I really believe our team is starting to come together and perform the way we are supposed to,” said Stealth forward Garrett Billings, who recorded a first half hat-trick against the Knighthawks.
Billings and the Stealth offense has filled the net in the last three games with 43 goals to their credit. In the entire National Lacrosse League, only the Buffalo Bandits have scored more with 44 in that span. Logan Schuss continues to terrorize defenses as he comes into tonight having put up 28 points in his last three outings. He currently leads the Stealth in scoring with 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points and is sixth overall in league scoring.
“It’s been three games in a row we have put up 13+ goals in a game and if we continue to do that, we are going to win some games. Calgary is a good team and we have a good rivalry with them. They beat us in their building a few weeks ago, and hopefully we can do the same to them,” continued Billings.
The Roughnecks stroll into the Mainland with a different looking roster compared to years past. As it stands right now, they have four rookies on their active roster, which includes Coquitlam native Wesley Berg, who has put up 24 points in 7 games. Port Coquitlam’s Curtis Dickson leads the team in scoring with 32 points in 7 games. Second leading point getter Dane Dobbie will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. In the last match-up against the Stealth, he led all Calgary forwards with 3 goals and 5 assists.
Tonight is the 38th match-up all-time between the two franchises in the regular season. The Roughnecks lead the overall mark at 22-15. The next time they meet is on April 9 in Calgary.
Game time is at 7:00 pm at the Langley Events Centre. It is ‘Rivalry Night’ with the first 1500 fans into the building receiving a free Stealth team poster. Come early for the pre-game party beginning at 5:30 in the fully licensed LEC banquet hall and listen to the band, watch the East Coast NLL game and enjoy great food and drinks including a special prime rib dinner for only $18.00.
Season series leaders:
Dobbie- 3 goals, 5 assists Schuss- 5 goals, 4 assists
Dickson- 4 goals, 1 assist Duch- 3 goals, 5 assists
Shattler- 3 goals, 2 assists Billings- 2 goals, 5 assists
Scigliano: 37 of 50, 1 win Penney- 33 of 48, 1 loss