Vancouver, BC (Saturday, February 18, 2017) – The Vancouver Stealth (3-5) defeated the Calgary Roughnecks (3-4) 13-10.
There is 970 kilometres that separates the cities of Vancouver and Calgary. It is a half-day drive or a one-hour flight, but in the National Lacrosse League standings, it is a lot closer than that. Heading into the game Saturday Night, the Stealth were right behind the Roughnecks in the West Division.
If you blinked in the first quarter, you probably missed a Vancouver Stealth goal. Logan Schuss opened the scoring just over a minute into game, Matt Beers added his first of the season thirty seconds later and the Stealth were out to a quick two-nothing lead. Vancouver added four more goals to take a 6-1 lead after the first quarter. The offensive assault carried on in the second. NLL leading scorer Corey Small continued his hot hand adding three points in the second and guided Vancouver to a 10-4 lead at the half.
After playing the best thirty minutes of the season, the goals began to dry up for Vancouver. The Roughnecks went on a four-goal run in the second half of the game and tightened up the score, but it was not enough as the Stealth went on to take the 13-10 victory.
“We are excited, I thought we played really well in all facets of the game, faceoffs we did what we need to, in the first half, defensively we shut them down and offensively we scored 10,” said Assistant General Manager and Head Coach Jamie Batley. “When we needed a goal in the fourth, we got it, so all around we worked hard and deserved the win.”
The usual suspects were at it again for the road team. Corey Small entered the game one point back of the number one spot on the league leaders board. He would regain it after scoring four goals and four assists. Logan Schuss had four goals, a pair of assists and scored a late goal in the fourth that halted the Rougnecks’ momentum.
“I feel like I have been shooting in the same spot a lot and I have had success with it. But my mom recently told me to change up my shot so I did and it worked,” said Assistant Captain Logan Schuss. “It feels great to bounce back and the guys could not be happier right now!”
The Stealth return home for back-to-back weekends inside the Langley Events Centre. They host the Rochester Knighthawks on February 25, 2017 and the Saskatchewan Rush on March 4, 2017. Tickets are available at the Langley Events Centre Box Office at 604-882-8800, or Ticket Rocket.co.
About the National Lacrosse League:
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional indoor lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of nine franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Rochester Knighthawks, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and Vancouver Stealth.
Photo courtesy of Candice Ward & Calgary Roughnecks