Vancouver, BC (Thursday, January 12, 2017) – The Vancouver Stealth (2-0) welcome the Calgary Roughnecks (0-1) into the Langley Events Centre this Saturday, January 14, 2017 for the Stealth’s Home Opener.
The 2017 National Lacrosse League season opener was a tall-task for the Stealth as they debuted with back-to-backs against Western Division rivals. On January 6, 2017, Vancouver made the trip across the Rockies to visit the Saddledome. Rhys Duch scored the first goal of the season, 26 seconds into the game and the Stealth never looked back. Despite a four-goal run in the final frame by the Roughnecks, the Stealth finished Game 1 with a 12-11 victory.
Still sore from the night before and with minimal sleep the Stealth boarded a flight destined for Denver. Much like 24 hours previous, Rhys Duch opened the scoring for Vancouver. At the half, the Stealth continued to have their way on the scoresheet against the Mammoth. Colorado answered the bell in the third scoring four straight goals and took the lead 8-7. But the Stealth’s mighty offense would unload eight goals in twelve minutes of play to take the game 15-9.
It has been 266 days since the Stealth last played inside the Langley Events Centre. Not only are Stealth fans excited, but the players are thrilled about the upcoming game.
“I speak on behalf of the entire team when I say, we are extremely excited to be headed home to the Langley Events Centre with a 2-0 record,” said Assistant Captain Logan Schuss. “We are hungry to bring this top-level team to the great fans in Vancouver and can’t wait to see every seat in the house filled.”
For the second time in just over a week, the Stealth will play the Roughnecks. Vancouver saw firsthand the talent that the Calgary group possesses. In Game 1, the Roughnecks were led by Curtis Dickson who scored a goal and added four assists. Wes Berg and former Stealth Tyler Digby added four points each. One missing piece of the puzzle that will be added this weekend will be goaltender Frank Scigliano. The perennial starter in Calgary missed Game 1 after a suspension due to a fracas during the pre-season.
Offensively the Stealth are led by Rhys Duch and Corey Small (16 points), Logan Schuss (10 points) and Keegan Bal (8 points). In the crease, Tyler Richards is in fine form. In 120 minutes of action he has a 10.00 Goals Against Average, .798 Save Percentage, and 2 wins.
The Vancouver Stealth will honor the 2016 Minto Cup Champion Coquitlam Adanacs at Saturday’s game. Members of the 2016 team, alumni and the Minto Cup will be in the building to celebrate. Tickets are available at the Langley Events Centre Box Office at 604-882-8800, or Ticket Rocket.co or by emailing support@TicketRocket.co.