Photo Credit - Brad Watson, Calgary Roughnecks
(Calgary, AB – Saturday, February 15, 2014) – The Vancouver Stealth (3-7) lose their final game before heading into the bye week, as they fall to the Calgary Roughnecks (4-3) 20-9 on Saturday night. The Roughnecks now lead the season series 2-0 with both wins coming at home.
It was a close contested battle in the first half with the Roughnecks leading 3-2 and outshooting the Stealth 11-9 after one quarter of play. The Roughnecks then scored three unanswered goals to make it 6-3 early in the second, as their offense started to gain some momentum.
The Stealth fought back with some offense of their own and looked to pull within two before heading into the first half break, but a late goal for the Roughnecks made it 8-5 to end the second quarter.
The Roughnecks would carry the momentum of their late goal into the third quarter, scoring three goals 27 seconds apart to start the second half. The slow start to the third forced the Stealth to make a goaltender change, after Richards gave up 11 goals on 29 shots.
Matt Roik replaced Richards for the remainder of the game and made a couple big saves for his team, but the Roughnecks kept the pressure on peppering 27 shots at Roik in the second half and scored nine times. The Roughnecks outshot the Stealth 56 to 40 in the game, thanks in large part to a dominant performance in the face-off dot by Geoff Snider who won 85 percent of his draws.
The Stealth were never able to get going offensively in the second half and were outscored 12-2 on route to a 20-9 loss.
The Stealth will now have two weeks off before traveling back to Alberta to take on the Edmonton Rush (7-0) who have yet to lose a game this season. The Rush have been dominate so far this season but the Stealth were right with the NLL’s best back on January 25 at the Langley Events Centre, losing just 9-8.
The Stealth are back in action against the Rush on March 8 at 6PM PST before heading home for three straight games at the LEC.
For more information on upcoming games visit www.StealthLAX.com