Still stinging from a 16-15 overtime loss on the road to the Rochester Knighthawks, the Vancouver Stealth host the Calgary Roughnecks Saturday in National Lacrosse League action at the Langley Events Centre.
Last Saturday’s loss to the Knighthawks at Blue Cross Arena dropped the Stealth’s record to 2-4, as they sit last in the NLL’s four-team West Division.
It was the only meeting of the season between the two out-of-division teams with Eric Penney starting in net for the Stealth, while Matt Vinc played for the Knighthawks.
The Stealth got the scoring started with an unassisted goal from Garret Billings at 2:12 of the opening quarter.
Thirty-one seconds into the second quarter, Billings capped off the hat-trick picking the top right corner on Vinc again to make it 6-3 Stealth.
Vancouver would take an 8-6 lead going into the second half and outshot the Knighthawks 31-21.
The Stealth’s Logan Schuss led all players in scoring with five assists.
The teams battled back and forth in the second half, with the score tied 13-13.
With under a minute to play in regulation, Rochester’s Dan Dawson was able to find room between Penney’s leg with time winding down on the shot clock to put his team up a goal with 40 seconds left.
Then, with Penny pulled for an extra attacker and the game on the line, the Stealth’s Rhys Duch took a pass from Billings on the left side of the floor and fired perfect shot to the top right corner on Goodleaf to send the game to overtime.
In a next-goal-wins scenario, both teams had multiple opportunities to win the game, but couldn’t beat both goaltenders for more than five minutes.
But at the 7:15 mark of overtime, Cody Jamieson scored the game-winning goal for the Knighthawks with a hard shot over the shoulder of Penney for his fourth of the night.
In a losing effort, the Stealth scored more than 13 goals for a third straight game.
Schuss continued his dominance with a third consecutive nine-point effort (two goals, seven assists), while Duch (three goals, five assists), and Billings (three goals, five assists) were right behind him with 8 points each.
The Stealth will look to inch closer to the .500 mark with a win over the 3-4 Roughnecks on Saturday.
Game time at the LEC is 7 p.m.
It is “Rivalry Night” with the first 1,500 fans through the door receiving a free Stealth team poster.
Tickets are available online at www.stealthlax.com or by phone at 604-882-8800.
– files from Brandon Astle, Vancouver Stealth website (stealthlax.com)