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Stealth Comeback Falls Short in 13-11 Loss to Calgary

03/31/2012, 9:32pm PDT
By Washington Stealth

The Stealth trailed 5-0 after the first quarter and failed to comeback in a 13-11 loss at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

Tyler Richards made 48 saves, but the Stealth lost 13-11 in Calgary.

The Washington Stealth was outscored 5-0 in the first quarter of Saturday night’s game against the Calgary Roughnecks. The Stealth comeback fell short despite 48 saves from goaltender Tyler Richards, and the Roughnecks completed the series sweep with a 13-11 win at home.

The Stealth spent the majority of the first quarter in the penalty box, getting called for six penalties in the first ten minutes of the game. The Roughnecks capitalized on the opportunity, scoring four straight power play goals to open the game. Scott Ranger and Dane Dobbie each scored twice as Calgary went on to a 5-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.

“We struggled to get into any kind of rhythm early because we were in the penalty box,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall after the game. “Offensively, we got the ball in deep later in the game and found some success.”

The penalties slowed in the second quarter, and the Stealth got back in the game with three goals, including a pair from Athan Iannucci. Jeff Shattler scored once for the Roughnecks as they took a 6-3 lead at the halftime break. Richards kept the Stealth within striking distance, making 28 saves in the first half.

The Stealth cut the lead to 7-5 with nine minutes to play in the third quarter when Dean Hill scored on the power play. Calgary rattled off back-to-back goals to extend its lead to four goals. Another Hill power play tally made it 10-7 going into the fourth quarter.

Washington scored three of the first four goals in final frame to get within a goal with over six minutes left in regulation. Iannucci scored twice during the run; he finished with a season-high four goals. With less than three minutes left, Dane Dobbie scored his third goal of the night to make it 12-10 and put the game out of reach. The Roughnecks would add an empty net goal with 57 seconds left to make it 13-10. Martin Cummings scored with 25 seconds left to round out the scoring.

“We did everything we could to try and get back in this game,” said Hall. “But we gave it away at the start because of foolish mistakes and lack of discipline. You can’t spot five goals to a team tied for the best record in the league and expect to win.”

Iannucci led the Stealth offense with four goals and an assist. Hill added two goals and an assist. The Stealth’s top two scorers, Rhys Duch (1g, 3a) and Lewis Ratcliff (0g, 3a) combined for a goal and six assists.

Richards finished with 48 saves on 61 shots in the loss. Face-off specialist Bobby Snider continued his domination at the face-off circle, winning 26 of 28 draws and grabbing a game-high 20 loose balls.

The Roughnecks were led by Dobbie, who finished with three goals and four assists. Scott Ranger scored four goals and Jeff Shattler added three. Daryl Veltman was credited with six assists. Goaltender Mike Poulin made 42 saves as the Roughnecks improved to 10-3 on the year.

The Stealth falls to 4-9 with tonight’s loss. The Edmonton Rush defeated the Minnesota Swarm tonight, moving the Stealth out of the fourth and final playoff spot in the West. The Stealth has a bye week next week before returning to action on April 14 against the Minnesota Swarm.

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