Stealth season comes to close

Vancouver Stealth
Vancouver Stealth's Rhys Duch takes a diving attempt at getting the ball past Calgary Roughnecks goaltender Mike Poulin during National Lacrosse League action at the Langley Events Centre on April 26.
— image credit: Gary Ahuja/Langley Times

The Vancouver Stealth closed out their first season in Langley with a 14-8 loss.

The Stealth were hosting the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday (April 26) night at the Langley Events Centre as Vancouver wrapped up their National Lacrosse League season.

The Stealth also played the night before in Edmonton, losing 10-5 to the Rush.

The loss left Vancouver with a 4-14 record and on the outside as the NLL playoffs begin this weekend.

The Roughnecks jumped out to a 6-1 lead partway through the second quarter. The Stealth would cut the lead to three at one point, but trailed 8-4 at the half.

The Roughnecks special teams were the difference maker in the first half scoring two shorthanded goals and three power play goals. The Roughnecks finished the game 4-for-8 on the power play, as they really took advantage of some undisciplined play by the Stealth.

The second half was a similar result that the Stealth have been far to used to seeing, as they struggled to find their offense again tonight. For the Roughnecks Curtis Dickson, Shawn Evans and Dane Dobbie, each registered a hat trick as their offense continues to roll heading into the playoffs. Dobbie also broke the Stealth's Lewis Ratcliff’s single-season goals record of 50, as he finished the season with one better at 51.

Tyler Digby and Rhys Duch had two goals and an assist apiece and Cody Bremner had one goal and two helpers.

Tyler Garrison, Justin Salt and Ilja Gajic had a goal each.

Lewis Ratcliff had a pair of goals in the loss to Edmonton.

The Stealth had played in three of the past four Champion's Cup finals — the NLL title game — and won the whole thing in 2010.

"You look at the last few years, three of the last four years we've been to the championship game and the other years, we didn't even make the playoffs, just like this year," said the Stealth's Mike Grimes.

"The parity is so close, you lose one or two one-goal games at the beginning of the year, and they can come back to haunt you. That's what did us in this year."

“We need to find a way to be a better as a team. We have a ton of great individual players but for some reason it didn’t come together this year," he added.

"I think if we find a way to come together better as a team we’ll have more success next year.”

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