Tyler Garrison’s Vancouver Stealth comeback is on hiatus.The Stealth had hoped that the speedy Garrison would add to their transition game this National Lacrosse League season after missing all of last year with a neck injury, but he pulled out of training camp last week to focus on school after being accepted into a master of business administration program at UBC.
There are various postseason scenarios, but as Vancouver righty Joel McCready says, “if we win, we’re in control.”Saturday’s make-or-break showdown against the Vancouver Stealth at the Langley Events Centre will be one of the easiest travel days of the year for many members of the Calgary Roughnecks. That includes their home games as well.
The Vancouver Stealth lost their grasp on a playoff position Saturday night but did add suspense to their game next week. The Stealth’s 16-12 loss in Saskatoon to the Saskatchewan Rush, coupled with the Calgary Roughnecks’ 13-8 win at home over the Buffalo Bandits, meant that the Roughnecks (7-9) leapfrogged the Stealth (6-9) for the third and final postseason spot out of the National Lacrosse League’s West Division for the time being at the very least.
The Vancouver Stealth haven’t given up a goal to Saskatchewan Rush star Mark Matthews in two starts this season, which is both a positive and negative stat going into their upcoming visit to Saskatoon. It’s evidence of the Stealth’s improved defence this year, for one thing. It’s also unlikely that Vancouver will be able to keep a player of Matthews’ ilk from finding the back of the net when they head to the SaskTel Centre on Saturday (6:30 p.m., tsn.ca/radio/vancouver). With four game
The Vancouver Stealth’s duel with the Calgary Roughnecks for the final playoff spot out of the National Lacrosse League’s West Division added an element Monday, when the Stealth announced the signing of former Roughnecks defender Jon Harnett. Harnett, 28, was released outright by the Roughnecks on March 24, ending a seven-year run with the team, which also includes his brother Greg Harnett, 26, another defender.
Surrendering the tying goal late in regulation could have been the kiss of death for the Vancouver Stealth. But instead, it was Joel McCready playing hero as the Stealth went into Buffalo and picked up a huge 11-10 overtime victory, the team’s first in five National Lacrosse League games this season. The game was played Saturday at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center.
It is back to the drawing board for the Vancouver Stealth.The Stealth went back east to face the Toronto Rock, but their offence produced a season-low in a 13-7 loss, their second consecutive National Lacrosse League defeat.The game was played Saturday at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Hold the opposition to under a dozen goals and the result should be a victory.That is what Vancouver Stealth head coach Jamie Batley has stated this season.The week before, that thesis did not hold true as the Stealth were on the wrong end of a 10-9 overtime loss to the Colorado Mammoth.
For the first time in franchise history, the Vancouver Stealth are going to retire a number from the lineup and into the rafters. Following his retirement announcement, Curtis Hodgson will be immediately honored during a pre-game ceremony on February 10th. Before a showdown with the Rush, the #6 will be hoisted for all in the Langley Events Centre to see. Fitting for a man who competed for 226 games in a Stealth uniform, over the 13 years he spent in the league, all with the same organization.
The Vancouver Stealth didn’t have many answers for Mark Matthews and the Saskatchewan Rush last night. (Photo: Josh Schaefer) The situation for the Buffalo Bandits is quite dire, to put it mildly. It’s not much better for the Vancouver Stealth. Both are working desperately to claw their way out from the basement of their respective National Lacrosse League division standings but the problem for both on Saturday was, they both lost.
Most NLL fans will know that Tye Belanger has paid his dues in full and will be happy to see him succeed during one of the best phases of his six-year career. The Vancouver goaltender has the second-best save percentage among all NLL goalies, .794, trailing only Colorado’s Dillon Ward, .804, heading into a game in Toronto on Saturday as the Stealth continue to pursue their first playoff berth in the four years they have played out of the Langley Events Centre.
You can never have enough of a good thing. It’s a logical conclusion, and one Vancouver Stealth netminder Tye Belanger would endorse – especially when it comes to playing time. The 26-year-old goalie is a big reason the Stealth are battling for a playoff spot in the National Lacrosse League, as he’s taken on the bulk of the crease work the past month. “I spent (what) seems like five, six years as a backup goalie, paying my dues and learning my way from guys I’m behind,” said Belanger
Cliff Smith’s return to the Vancouver Stealth roster for another year was a bit delayed, but he’s glad to still be in the mix with the National Lacrosse League squad.Smith, a Surrey native, re-signed with the local pro team on Jan. 25, four games into the current season, his sixth with the franchise.