Road trip nets no points for Stealth
The Vancouver Stealth are still searching for their first road victory of the National Lacrosse League season after failing in two attempts over the weekend on an eastern road trip.
The Stealth had a great start on Friday (Jan. 31) at Toronto's Air Canada Centre against the Rock, leading 6-2 late in the first quarter. But the Rock stormed back to tie the game at seven at halftime and then scored 10 of the final 15 goals to win 17-12.
Leading the way for Toronto was Langley's Garrett Billings, who had five goals and four assists.
Cliff Smith (three goals, two assists) and Rhys Duch (two goals, three assists) had five points apiece for the Stealth while rookies Tyler Digby and Cody Bremner had a goal and three helpers apiece.
Alex Gajic (one goal, two assists), Lewis Ratcliff (one goal, one assist), Nick Weiss (one goal, one assist), Tyler Garrison (one goal) and Ilja Gajic (two assists) also found the scoresheet.
Goaltender Tyler Richards made 40 saves — and chipped in with an assist — before giving way to Matt Roik for the final 9:18. Roik stopped six of the eight shots he faced.
The Rock out-shot the Stealth 63-47.
And Vancouver's struggles continued the next night in Philadelphia as they fell behind 10-5 at the half and could not recover, losing 15-9 to the Wings at the Wells Fargo Center.
Duch paced the Stealth with two goals and three assists while Brett Hickey (two goals, one assist), Tyler Digby (two goals, one assist), Cliff Smith (one goal, two assists) and Garrison (one goal, two assists) each had three-point games. Justin Salt had the other goal, with Matt Beers, Cody Bremner and Lewis Ratcliff each registering an assist. Chris O'Dougherty chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Richard agains played the bulk of the game before giving way to Roik.
Richards made 34 saves and leads the NLL with 278 saves.
Kyle Buchanan (four goals, three assists) and Jordan Hall (one goal, seven assists) did the bulk of the damage for the Wings.
With the losses, Vancouver dropped to 2-5 on the season and they will look to return to the win column when they host the Colorado Mammoth (3-5) at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday (Feb. 8). Game time is 7 p.m.
It is the team's final home game until March 21.