Vancouver, BC (Friday, February 20, 2015) – The Vancouver Stealth (3-3) will have a chance to claim the season series against the Calgary Roughnecks (0-6) as two teams face-off again on Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 6:00PM PST. The Stealth have won both meetings this season including a 13-9 victory last week at the Langley Events Centre.
“We got off to a slow start,” said Head Coach Dan Perreault. “We didn’t score in the first quarter but the guys didn’t panic. We scored six in the second quarter; credit to the guys, they stuck with it and then once we got the lead they were solid.”
The Stealth, tied for second in the West Division with a 3-3 record are a game back for first but are not looking past the Roughnecks, who are still searching for their first win of the season.
“We know going into Calgary it’s going to get tougher each week moving forward,” added Perreault. “It’s a tough place to play. We’re going to have our hands full; they’ve got a job to do and so do we.”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rhys Duch leads the Stealth with 38 points (16g, 22a) and Tyler Digby has scored 29 points (13g, 16a) in six games. They are also getting production from guys not known for their offense, such as Tyler Burton (2g, 5a) and Tyler Garrison, who scored twice in last week’s 13-9 win.
“Some people were counting us out at the start,” said forward Joel McCready, who was acquired in an off-season trade from Rochester along with Johnny Powless. “It just takes time, you start to learn each other’s tendencies and what each other likes to do. With Kaleb there, he’s been outstanding getting us going and setting plays. The more time we have together, the better we’re going to click and learn what each other likes.”
“We’re happy we put a couple of wins together but we can’t get comfortable with that,” said Perreault. “We’re going to have to be a lot better than playing five-hundred ball.”
Tyler Richards has played outstanding in Vancouver’s last two games, stopping 45 shots against Colorado and 37 against Calgary last Saturday.
“T-Rich has been solid,” said Perreault. “I’m very happy with his play. I thought defensively our back-end did a good job last week. If you look at our goals against, we’ve got a lot of improvement ahead of us. Our defense is starting to come together and it goes hand-in-hand with goaltending.”
Calgary’s Head Coach Curt Malawsky knows the Roughnecks have their work cut out for them after digging themselves an 0-6 hole.
“You expect us to roll over and die,” he stated. “No, we’re going to go out and battle. This is an 18 game season. We’re not having a pity party for the last 6 games, we’re going to focus on the next 12, starting on Saturday night against a really good lacrosse team. We’re going to continue to support each other, stick together and fight and battle and do whatever we need to do to get over the hump.”
The Stealth will be back at home next week when they host the Minnesota Swarm at the LEC for their lone visit.
“We’re having fun,” said McCready. “It’s hard work and every weekend you have to come in 100 percent prepared.”
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