Calgary – The Vancouver Stealth lost 16-12 to the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday evening at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Coming into the game, the Stealth were chasing the Roughnecks for the third and final playoff spot in the West Division and trailed by 3.5 games. Tyler Richards played in goal for the Stealth, while Mike Poulin countered for the Roughnecks.
After five minutes of scoreless action, Jon Harnett opened the scoring with a goal in transition to put the home team in front. 59 seconds later, Corey Small evened up the score with a bounce shot that beat Poulin. For Small, it was his 14th straight game with a goal. Logan Schuss had the lone assist. At 8:24, Vancouver took their first lead of the game with Thomas Hoggarth notching his 5th goal of the season off a rebound. Small was in on the assist. Just over a minute later, Keegan Bal scored his first NLL goal with a shot that found room past Poulin on his left side. Schuss and Small had the helpers. After one quarter, the Stealth led 3-1 despite being outshot 13-12.
Early in the second quarter, the Roughnecks had a five-minute power play and capitalized twice with goals from Dane Dobbie and Wes Berg to even up the score at 3-3. At 4:09, Schuss got a buzzer beating power play marker to put the Stealth back in front by one. Jordan Durston and Joel McCready had the assists. However, the lead would not last long with the Roughnecks getting four straight goals in less than four minutes (Dickson twice, Dobbie, Digby) to go up 7-4. At the 13:01 mark, Joel McCready stopped their four goal run with a long range blast that beat Poulin between the legs. Rhys Duch and Bal earned the assists on McCready’s 22nd goal of the season. Jeff Shattler went on to get the last goal of the first half at the 13:58 mark and made it an 8-5 game in favour of the hometown Roughnecks. Logan Schuss led the Stealth after 30 minutes with one goal and three assists, while Calgary had the shot advantage 30-20.
In the third quarter, Calgary continued to put on the pressure and got four in a row again from Digby, Manning, and two from Dickson to go up 12-5. Eric Penney would come into the game between the pipes in relief of Richards. At 11:42, Durston scored his first goal of the night on a no-look shot that fooled Poulin to get his team to within six. However, the Roughnecks received back to back transition tallies from Scott Carnegie and Garrett McIntosh to go up by seven. At 13:11, McCready scored his second of the game with an outside shot that beat Poulin five hole. Bal and Small had the assists.
The Stealth began the fourth quarter recording two consecutive goals from Duch and Small to cut the lead to five. Small and McCready helped out on Duch’s team leading 37th goal, while Duch and Durston earned helpers on Small’s power play goal. After Dobbie scored his hat-trick goal at 2:21, Duch buried his second of the quarter with a goal in transition to make it a 15-10 score. Travis Cornwall and Tyler Hass had the assists. Eight seconds later, Greg Harnett put the 16th goal up on the board for the Roughnecks, who went back in front by six. Schuss and Bal would go on to score the last two goals of the contest, but was not enough as Calgary took it by a 16-12 final.
With the win, the Roughnecks lead the season series 2-1 and are ahead of the Stealth by 4.5 games in the standings. Corey Small led all players in the game with 2 goals and 6 assists, while Duch and Schuss both finished with 2 goals and 3 assists.
The Stealth are back in action on Saturday, April 16 against these very same Calgary Roughnecks at the Langley Events Centre at 7:00pm PST. Tickets are available online at www.stealthlax.com or by phone at 604.882.8800.
STEALTH NOTES: FINAL SCORE: Roughnecks 16 – Stealth 12, SHOTS ON GOAL: Roughnecks 57 – Stealth 49, LOOSE BALLS: Roughnecks 93 – Stealth 75 FACE-OFFS: Roughnecks 22-32 – Stealth 10-32, POWERPLAY: Stealth 2-2 – Roughnecks 3-3.