Vancouver, BC (Friday, March 20, 2015) – The Vancouver Stealth shoot for their fourth straight home win on Saturday night when they welcome John Grant Jr. and the Colorado Mammoth on BCLA Night. The team will be wearing limited edition jerseys, resembling the colours of the British Columbia flag which fans can bid on before and during the game. Face-off is at 7:00PM PST inside the Langley Events Centre. The game can be seen on TSN.ca and NLL Live.
After an off-night last Saturday in Edmonton, the Stealth are ready to bounce back versus a Mammoth team they had success against the last time they met. Vancouver used goals from eight different players in a 16-13 win on January 31.
“It’s going to be a good one,” said Stealth Head Coach Dan Perreault. “They’re sitting with 5 wins, we’re sitting with 4, so it’s a very important game for us.”
The division rivals will meet for the final time this season next week in Colorado and right now with both teams battling for second place in the West, it makes Saturday’s game that much more pivotal.
“We want to have a good first impression,” said transition player Mitch McMichael. “After last weekend’s showing, we were pretty frustrated after the game; things weren’t going our way. We have a great opportunity this Saturday against Colorado to get back on the right track.”
The Mammoth, with a 5-4 record, sit one-half game ahead of the Stealth and are one-half game back of Edmonton for top spot in the West.
“We’re really focused on getting back on track and playing the game plan the coaches put in place for us,” said Colorado goaltender Dillon Ward.
Saturday is BC Lacrosse Association Night (BCLA) where the team will be wearing special edition BCLA jersey’s, sponsored by Mike Vanichuk Transport, which fans will be able to bid on before and during the game. The jerseys will be awarded to the successful bidders after the game. Proceeds will be going to the BCLA’s Lacrosse on the Move Fund, supporting travel costs for BC Minor Lacrosse teams.
To bid on a Stealth player’s jersey, click HERE.
STEALTH KEYS TO THE GAME:
Home Cooking – The last time the team won four straight home games was in 2010, the same year they won the NLL Champion’s Cup. In their recent home winning streak, they’ve outscored opponents 50-37.
Quick Start –It’s important for Vancouver to get the crowd into the game early. “Whenever you’re playing at home, you want to get a good start and get the crowd in the game and get them loud,” said McMichael.
Stop the Run –In Vancouver’s four wins, they’ve done a good job stopping runs by opposing teams. “Whether it’s winning a face-off, getting a big save, just limit those momentum shifts, stops those runs and try to extend ours for as long as possible,” added McMichael.
Stealth forward Rhys Duch is 3 goals away from becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in goals, as he can surpass Gary Rosyski who has 250 franchise goals. Earlier this season, Duch became the franchise’s all-time points leader overtaking Rosyski when he scored his 531st point against Toronto back in January.
On the Colorado side, John Grant Jr. needs 2 points to move into second place on the NLL’s all-time points list. The forward has 1,333 points and will look to make history by surpassing Colin Doyle (1,334).
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