Stealth move closer to playoff berth in Langley game

The Langley-based lacrosse team brought home a victory, defeating Calgary 15-11 Saturday.

Langley-based Stealth have another victory under their belt after defeating Calgary Roughnecks 15-11 at Langley Events Centre Saturday night. (Vancouver Stealth file photo)

It wasn’t a must win game, but it was a “you should probably win” game last night when the Vancouver Stealth went head to head with the Calgary Roughnecks.

And, Eureka, it happened.

The Langley-based lacrosse team brought home a victory, defeating the Roughnecks 15-11.

The Stealth played Calgary in the closest thing to a playoff game that has been viewed inside the Langley Events Centre in recent memory.

“I thought we have played fairly well in the Langley Events Centre this year, we just have not gotten the results in some games,” said head coach Jamie Batley.

“Tonight, was a great win for the team, for this franchise and for the fans,” he said Saturday night.

The win elevated the Stealth back into a playoff spot, leapfrogging Calgary, Batley explained.

With one more win, this season Vancouver could clinch a playoff berth due to the season series over the Roughnecks.

The Stealth have two remaining games to close out the 2017 season.

Calgary scored early and the team traded the lead in the first, but it was the Roughnecks who held a 6-5 edge at the half.

Secondary scoring from Matt Beers, James Rahe, Cliff Smith and Evan Messenger helped with the comeback, but it was a return of form from Logan Schuss who dug Vancouver out of the deficit with five goals.

“I haven’t had a goal in a while, so I wanted to get that ball after I scored my first goal of the game,” said Logan Schuss. “It was just one of those games where the ball was going in for me. Corey (Small) was being double-teamed all game and so he just fed me the ball.”

Small added five helpers and Rhys Duch scored two goals and seven assists to thrust the Stealth to victory.

BEHIND THE SCENES

The victory Saturday was not just on the scoresheet, but also in the philanthropy department.

The Stealth dawned a new B.C.-themed flag jersey, which they auctioned off throughout the game.

Vancouver raised $7,575, which will go to the Lacrosse on the Move Fund and help travelling lacrosse teams in British Columbia. For more information on the bids go here.

In the meantime, next week is fan appreciation night, where the first 1,000 people inside the Langley Events Centre will receive a Matt Beers bobble head.

In addition, the Stealth look to official earn a berth into the playoffs. Tickets for the game are available at the Langley Events Centre Box Office at 604-882-8800, or Ticket Rocket.co.

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