(Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, February 01, 2014) – The Vancouver Stealth (2-5) continue to struggle on the road as they fall 15-9 to the Philadelphia Wings (3-3). The Stealth are now 0-4 on the road this season. The Wings grabbed their first victory at home for 2014 and are now 3-3 on the season.
The Stealth struggled to keep the ball out of their net in this one going down 10-5 at halftime. The offense for the Wings slowed down a little bit in the third quarter, but in the end they still managed to outscore the Stealth 5-4 in the second half.
Kyle Buchanan and Pat Saunders each had a hat trick for the Wings in the first half to lead their team to victory. Buchanan was named first star and finished with four goals and three assists against his former team. Saunders finished with three goals and three assists and was named second star of the game.
Rhys Duch led the way for the Stealth offensively registering two goals and three assists and was also named the third star.
For a second straight night the Stealth’s starting goaltender was chased from his net allowing 10 goals on 29 shots, in the first half. Matt Roik replaced Tyler Richards for part of the second and third quarters giving up four goals on nine shots. Roik also saw action in last night’s game against his former team the Toronto Rock.
Roik was later replaced by Richards who returned for most of the second half and didn’t allow another goal. Richards has been outstanding of late but just has not been getting the goal support as he stopped 34 of 44 shots in a losing cause.
The Stealth will try and regroup when they return home for another battle with the Colorado Mammoth next weekend on Saturday February 8 at 7PM PST. The last time these two met it was a dramatic finish at the Langley Events Centre, as Lewis Ratcliff scored the overtime winner just as the shot clock expired to give the Stealth the win. The season series is tied 1-1 with both wins being earned by the home team.
So far this season the LEC has proven to be a tough place for opposing teams to play as the Stealth have gone 2-1 at home this season. The Stealth hope that trend continues next week as they look to build some momentum at home before they head out for three straight on the road.
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