Slump continues as Stealth lose fifth straight

Vancouver Stealth goaltender Tyler Richards makes a save during his team
Vancouver Stealth goaltender Tyler Richards makes a save during his team's 10-9 loss to the visiting Colorado Mammoth at the Langley Events Centre on Feb. 8.
— image credit: Dan Brodie Vancouver Stealth

A defensive battle in the first half, the offences came alive in the second half. But in the end, the Vancouver Stealth came up one goal short as they lost their fifth straight game, 10-9 to the visiting Colorado Mammoth.

The National Lacrosse League game was played at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night (Feb. 8).

The Mammoth led 3-1 at the half before Vancouver came back to knot the score at six after three quarters. And with the score tied at eight with seven minutes to play, Colorado scored twice in less than two minutes to take the lead for good.

Brett Bucktooth’s desperation shot at the buzzer was stopped by goaltender Dillon Ward, his 41st save of the game.

Tyler Digby — who was named the NLL rookie of the month for January last week — led the Stealth with three goals and one assist.

Bucktooth also made his season debut after off-season surgery  and had a goal and an assist. Matt Beers (two goals, one assist) and Mike Grimes (three assists) gave the Stealth some scoring from the back-end.

Curtis Hodgson, Ilija Gajic and Brett Hickey had the other goals and Tyler Richards made 37 saves in a losing effort.

The Mammoth were led by John Grant Jr.’s two goals and three assists.

Vancouver is on the road this weekend on Friday in Denver to face the Mammoth (4-5) and on Saturday in Calgary against the Roughnecks (3-3).

After that, the team has a three-week break in the schedule.

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