Vancouver, BC (Saturday, January 28, 2017) – The Vancouver Stealth (2-4) were defeated by the Georgia Swarm (4-0) 14-12.
Saturday Night was dubbed “Stealth Experience!” Where fans were brought onto the floor and got to interact with the players in seven different stations. Some included autographs, stick tricks, shooting on the Stealth goaltenders and the hardest shot.
But the experience for the fans was not just on the field after sixty minutes. They were treated to one of the most entertaining games of the season. The term classic is thrown around far too often, but this game was an instant classic.
Although playing the night before, the Stealth looked like a team that had been rested for the better part of a week. They outscored the Swarm 5-1 after the first period. Coming off a two-assist performance on Friday Night, rookie James Rahe scored his first National Lacrosse League goal in the opener.
“It was extremely exciting, I have been fortunate to play in Langley for much of my career and to score my first pro goal here was a dream come true,” said James Rahe. “They kind of stepped off, I got the lane, took advantage and scored.”
The high-powered Georgia offense answered back with a seven goal second quarter to take the lead 8-6. Vancouver returned the favor by scoring five goals in the third for an 11-10 lead. The Swarm hit the floor running in the final frame putting up two goals in the first three minutes. Rhys Duch tied the game halfway through the fourth but Lyle Thompson would score the game winning goal two minutes later. The Swarm added an insurance empty net goal to ice the game at the fourteen-minute mark.
Vancouver’s offense was led by Logan Schuss who scored 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points. Corey Small had a 6-point game, and Justin Salt had a pair of goals and an assist. But in the crease, it was Tye Belanger who kept the Stealth in the game early on, stopping 14 shots in the first quarter. He finished his night with 38 saves, one assist and a highlight reel stick-save.
“I thought Tye played great, he made an unbelievable stop that I thought was a for-sure goal. He gave us a chance to win and that is what good goalies and good players need to do,” said Assistant General Manager and Head Coach Jamie Batley. “We are headed in the right direction and I am very proud of the guys. We have travelled 17,000 kms in three weeks and that is tough to do. But we are going to take the next two weeks, rest up and get back in the gym.”
The Stealth will enjoy the next two weeks off from the NLL schedule. They return for a rare Sunday game on February 12, 2017, when the Colorado Mammoth visit the Langley Events Centre. Tickets are available at the 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.
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