The Washington Stealth are on the road for the third straight game tonight to take on West Division rival Colorado Mammoth at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. The game is a rematch of the season opener, which the Stealth won 11-10 in overtime.
Going into the weekend, the Stealth sits in third place in the West Division at 2-3. The Mammoth is just a half-game behind the Stealth at 1-3. A win for the Stealth gives them the season-series tiebreaker. In their first meeting, Rhys Duch led the Stealth with three goals, including the game-winner in overtime.
The Stealth are coming off a 11-10 overtime loss to the Minnesota Swarm last weekend. The Stealth offense scored just ten goals on 70 shots versus the Swarm, the West’s second place team. The Stealth averages nearly 12 goals per game on the season, led by Lewis Ratcliff with 28 points (10g, 18a) and Duch with 26 (13g, 13a), but offensive execution was a point of emphasis for Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall following the loss to Minnesota.
“Overall I was pleased with the way we played last week,” said Hall. “But we had a lot of opportunities we just didn’t cash. It’s something we’ll be addressing during practice.”
All four games for the Mammoth this season have been decided by one goal. The most recent was a 12-11 loss to the Philadelphia Wings last weekend. Despite their 1-3 record, Colorado is getting solid goaltending from Chris Levis, who ranks third in the NLL with a 9.10 goals against average.
The Colorado offense is led by John Grant Jr., who in four games has 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists. In the first meeting between the Stealth and Mammoth, Grant tallied four goals and three assists.
Tonight’s game is set to begin at 6:00pm PST and can be seen on the NLL Network at NLL.com.