Stealth keep playoff hopes alive; Beat Calgary 13-12

April 16, 2016- Vancouver, BC- The Vancouver Stealth beat the Calgary Roughnecks by a score of 13-12 on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre. Coming into the game, Calgary led the season series 2-1 and with a win could have clinched a playoff spot. Tyler Richards started in net for the Stealth, while Mike Poulin played for the Roughnecks.

The Roughnecks opened the scoring 27 seconds into the game on their first shot with a goal from Jeff Shattler. During a five minute Calgary power play, Tyler Digby and Shattler scored back-to-back to make it a 3-0 game for the visitors. At the 11:44 mark, Jordan Durston got the Stealth on the board with a goal on the power play. After quick ball movement around the perimeter, Durston got the ball on the right side of the floor and let go of a quick-stick to beat a sliding Poulin. Rhys Duch and Logan Schuss had the assists on the tally. Over two minutes later, Rhys Duch notched his team leading 39th goal of the season after powering a shot through the legs of Poulin. Thomas Hoggarth and Curtis Hodsgon had the helpers. After 15 minutes of play, Calgary led 3-2 and had the shot count at 19-15.

With 12:54 to go in the second quarter, Logan Schuss tied the game with his 21st goal of the year. After Schuss put the ball on net, a Calgary defender whacked the ball into his own goal past a diving Poulin. Duch and Corey Small were in on the assists. The Stealth offense continued to pour it on with Small scoring the teams fourth straight marker at the 2:36 mark. After Cliff Smith had his shot attempt stopped by Poulin, Small found the ball in front of the crease and scooped in his 29th goal of the season in mid-air. Smith and Duch had the helpers. With just over 10 minutes to play, Shattler stopped the Stealth goal scoring run and capped off the first half hat-trick with a breakaway goal to even up the score at 4-4. During four on four play, Wesley Berg got his first of the evening off a rebound and put his team back in front at 5-4. Shortly after, Shattler registered his fourth goal of the game with a tally in transition to make it 6-4 Calgary. With 7:20 to play, Schuss scored his second goal of the half with a pin point shot past the right foot of Poulin to get his squad to within a goal. Durston had the lone assist. With under six minutes left in the quarter, Small scored his second goal of the game letting go of a quick shot on the right side of the floor to beat a sprawling Mike Poulin. Duch and Schuss helped with the assists on the game tying tally. With 4:04 to play in the first half, Digby found room on Richards up high to give Calgary a one goal advantage at 7-6. At the 14-minute mark, Curtis Hodgson found a wide open Ian Hawksbee behind the Calgary defense and made no mistake on the breakaway and tied the game at 7-7. Hodgson was in on the goal with the only assist on Hawksbee’s first of the 2016 campaign. After 30 minutes of play, both teams went into the locker room tied at 7-7, with Vancouver leading the shots department 33-31. Duch led the Stealth having a goal and four assists to his credit.

To begin the second half, Jordan Durston put the Stealth in front at 8-7 with a leaping effort just 38 seconds in. The rookie spotted a loose ball out of the corner and dove across the crease of Poulin and beat him over the top. Keegan Bal and Rhys Duch had the helpers. 21 seconds later, Duch buried his second of the game with a hard shot that beat the goaltender between the legs. Schuss had the only assist on Duch’s 40th goal of the year. However, Calgary countered with two straight goals of their own from Jon Harnett and Tyler Digby to tie the game at 9-9 with less than five minutes to play. At 12:09, Justin Salt sprung Logan Schuss in on a breakaway and recorded his hat-trick marker to get the Stealth their lead right back. Salt and Tyler Richards had the helpers on Schuss’23rd of the season. With 2:06 remaining, leading Calgary goal scorer Curtis Dickson scored the final goal of the third quarter and evened the score at 10-10.

During a Stealth five-minute power play early in the fourth quarter, Dickson scored a shorthanded goal to get his team up 11-10. With 11:27 to play, Cliff Smith answered right back scoring a goal in transition to tie the game. Chris O’Dougherty had the only assist on Smith’s third of the year. At 5:01, Jordan Durston put the Stealth ahead 12-11 with his third of the evening on the power play after outwaiting Poulin near the crease. Duch and Small chipped in on the assists. With less than seven minutes left, Cliff Smith received a pass in transition from Chris O’Dougherty and made no mistake between the pads of Poulin for his second of the game. With time winding down, Tyler Digby would get the last goal of the game with six seconds left, but that would be as close as the Roughnecks would come as the Stealth won it by a score of 13-12.

With the win, the Stealth end their seven game losing skid and stay alive in hopes of making the playoffs. Rhys Duch led the way with an eight-point effort (2 goals, 6 assists), while Logan Schuss and Jordan Durston had hat-tricks. Tyler Richards was solid turning away 42 of 54 shots on net.

The Stealth finish off their regular season home schedule on Saturday, April 23 against the Saskatchewan Rush at 7:00pm. It is fan appreciation night with the first 1000 fans in the building receiving a Garrett Billings bobblehead.

STEALTH NOTES: FINAL SCORE: Stealth 13 – Roughnecks 12, SHOTS ON GOAL: Stealth 59 – Roughnecks 54 LOOSE BALLS: Stealth 83 – Roughnecks 80, FACE-OFFS: Roughnecks 19-28 – Stealth 9-28, POWERPLAY: Stealth 4-8, Roughnecks 3-5.

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