February 20, 2016- Vancouver, BC- The Vancouver Stealth completed a spectacular comeback to beat the Calgary Roughnecks 14-13 in overtime on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre. It was the second meeting of the season and first in the Stealth’s home arena. Eric Penney got his seventh straight start in net for the Stealth, while Frankie Scigliano played for the Roughnecks.
The Roughnecks opened the scoring with a transition goal by Dan MacRae at 3:14 of the first quarter. Less than two minutes later, Curtis Dickson made it a 2-0 lead for the Roughnecks. With 5:53 to play, Tyler Digby dove across the crease of Penney and found the back of the net to make it a 3-0 game. At 11:46, Dickson scored his second of the quarter with a long range shot that beat Penney. Tyler Richards would come into the game for Vancouver immediately following. During a Calgary power play, Dickson capped off the hat-trick to extend the lead to 5-0. Before the buzzer sounded, Karsen Leung made it 6-0 with a transition breakaway marker. After 15 minutes, the visitors led 6-0 and had Scigliano stop all nine shots he faced.
“Calgary came out hard and were led by Dickson, who had a great first half. Give credit to our guys though, as they never quit,” said Stealth Head Coach Dan Perreault.
The Stealth got off to a great start in the second quarter with Rhys Duch scoring his team leading 14th goal of the season during a delayed penalty. With just one second on the shot clock, the Victoria native let go of a shot that slipped by the Calgary goaltender and into the back of the net. Garrett Billings earned the only assist on the play. Under a minute later, Jordan Durston made it back to back goals as he found a loose ball off the boards and fired a hard shot between the legs of Scigliano. Billings and Joel McCready had the assists on Durston’s sixth goal of the year. During four on four play, Duch made it three straight goals for the Stealth, as he was able to beat Scigliano through the five-hole with an outside shot. Logan Schuss and Durston had the helpers. The Roughnecks were able to stop the Stealth’s three-goal run at the 6:09 mark of the quarter with a goal from Dickson to make it 7-3. Just over two minutes later on a Roughnecks power play, Dickson registered his fifth of the night to make it a five goal advantage at 8-3. That is how the score would stay at the end of 30 minutes with Duch and Billings leading the Stealth with two points apiece. Calgary led the shot count 28-23.
Just 33 seconds into the second half, Joel McCready unleashed a long range bullet through the legs of Scigliano to make it 8-4. Travis Cornwall and Schuss had the assists on McCready’s 11th of the season. At 2:39 of the third quarter on a Stealth power play, Duch registered the hat-trick goal with a shot that trickled through Scigliano’s legs and into the net to cut the deficit to three. Corey Small and Schuss had the assists on Duch’s 16th tally of the season. However, Jeff Shattler and Digby responded for the Roughnecks with back to back goals to restore their five goal lead. With 6:20 to play, Calgary scored their third straight goal courtesy of Riley O’Connor, which made it 11-5. On a Roughnecks power play, Digby received the ball near the crease and was able to find room behind Richards to get their 12th goal of the evening. That goal seemed to spark the Stealth, as Duch, Durston, and Billings scored three consecutive goals in a span of 41 seconds to cut into the Calgary lead. 39 seconds later, Billings got his second goal with a pin point shot to the top right corner to make it 12-9. The Stealth would end the third quarter on a four goal run led by Billings with two goals.
In the opening minute of the fourth quarter, the Stealth were rewarded with a power play and were able to capitalize. Logan Schuss received a pass from Duch on the right side of the floor and fired a perfect bounce shot to the back of the net to get his team to within a pair of goals. On the ensuing face-off, Corey Small found a loose ball and went in one on one against Scigliano and beat him for his first of the game to make it six straight Stealth goals. Scigliano would leave the game in favour of Mike Poulin. Small was not done there, as he recorded his second straight goal with a shot that beat Poulin over the right shoulder to even the score at 12-12. Duch and Schuss had the assists on Small’s 15th goal of the year. At 11:55, Jordan Durston notched his first career hat-trick after finding a rebound and putting the ball past Poulin to give the Stealth their first lead of the game. Billings and Duch had the assists. With nine seconds to play in regulation, the Roughnecks pulled their goaltender and scored the equalizer off the stick of rookie Riley O’Connor and sent the game to overtime.
After the Roughnecks failed to score on their first possession of overtime, Corey Small played hero firing a shot from the middle of the floor that beat Poulin between the legs to earn the victory for the Stealth. Schuss had the only assist on the game winner.
“Before we went out there for overtime, Kaleb Toth said there is no such thing as a bad shot in OT. Our offense was feeling it and it was nice to see the ball just cross the line,” said Small, who recorded a hat-trick.
The story of the game was the various types of runs both teams went on throughout the game. Calgary scored as many as six in a row, while the Stealth had eight consecutive beginning at the 12:17 mark of the third quarter.
“We were hard on loose balls and rebounds in the later stages of the game, which turned out to be the difference for us. We have a special group of guys in that dressing room that never gave up, and they should be proud of what they accomplished,” said Perreault.
Rhys Duch, Garrett Billings, and Logan Schuss all had eight point games. For Schuss, it was his fourth straight game with recording at least eight points or more. In goal, Tyler Richards picked up his first win of the season stopping 31 of 40 shots. With the victory, the Stealth move to 3-4 on the season.
The Stealth are back in action on Saturday, February 27 in Colorado against the Mammoth at 2:00pm PST. The next home game is on Saturday, March 5 against the Buffalo Bandits at 7:00pm PST. Tickets are available online at www.stealthlax.com or by phone at 604.882.8800.
FINAL SCORE: Stealth 14 – Roughnecks 13, SHOTS ON GOAL: Stealth 55 – Roughnecks 51, LOOSE BALLS: Stealth 79 – Roughnecks 58 FACE-OFFS: Stealth 21-31 – Roughnecks 10-31, POWERPLAY: Stealth 3-5 – Roughnecks 4-5.