(Vancouver, BC – Thursday, January 23, 2014) – The Vancouver Stealth look to push their unbeaten streak at the Langley Events Centre to 3-0 when they face off against the undefeated Edmonton Rush on Saturday January 25, 2014 at 7PM PST.
The Stealth (2-2) will face a stern test in the Rush (3-0) who currently sit atop the NLL's Western Division standings. The Rush have been led by Oshawa, Ontario native Mark Mathews, who leads the team in points with 21 through 3 games,
"Their defense and goaltending has been outstanding and their offense is really performing at a high level,” said Stealth Head Coach, Chris Hall.
"So with a tough defense and good goaltending it’s going to be a good challenge for us."
The Stealth have been seeing early returns from their rookies: Cody Bremner, from Victoria, BC, Tyler Digby, from New Westminster, BC, and Nick Weiss, from Port Hope, ON. Bremner currently sits with 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) while Digby, who has been a force to be reckoned with so far this season, sitting at 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists).
Weiss played in his first career NLL game last Saturday against the Calgary Roughnecks where he scored his first career goal and the coaching staff were more than pleased with his performance,
"We were thrilled with the performance of Nick Weiss. We had high hopes for him and with the roster cut down, it’s tough for a rookie to slide into the starting lineup this year,” said Coach Hall.
"He patiently waited his turn and I thought he played very well on Saturday night, in Calgary."
The Stealth continue to get the bulk of their offense from Victoria, BC native Rhys Duch, as Duch remains one of the most consistent scorers in the NLL, carrying 20 points (11 goals and 9 assists) into this weekend's matchup.
On the defensive end the Stealth have made another change, as earlier this week they added Justin Pychel to the practice roster. With some injuries on the back end the Stealth were looking to add some depth,
“We were looking for a veteran guy on the back end and a lefty,” said Coach Hall.
“We have a lot of confidence in Justin. He understands and knows our systems, so it was an easy move for us.
Saturday night will be an entertaining matchup as another new Canadian rivalry begins. This will be the first meeting between these two teams since the Stealth knocked off Edmonton in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, with a 12-11 victory.
As the two teams head into Saturday night’s game one streak will come to an end as the Stealth look to stay perfect at home while the Rush look to move to 4-0 on the season,
"As a team I think we’re still trying to find our groove,” said Stealth player, Tyler Garrison.
“Obviously 4 games in sitting at 2-2 is not bad, but we'd like to be better.”
Don't miss the Stealth Pre-Game Festival starting at 4pm in the LEC Fieldhouse where you can meet Bomber the Fox and the Vancouver Bombshells Dance Team. There will be food, music, games and more.
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