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Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Back In The Saddle: Roughnecks Host Stealth

People around the National Lacrosse League may have been a little too quick to count out the Vancouver Stealth. The Stealth had a busy off-season, re-tooling their offense after finishing 2014 as the National Lacrosse League’s second-lowest scoring team.

And the team got off to a mediocre start as they won their opener, but then lost the next three contests. And new players — plus both a new head coach and offensive coach — means it may take some work for everyone to get on the same page.

“It just takes time,” said Joel McCready, one of the Stealth’s new acquisitions, who is third on the team with 11 goals in his first six games in a Vancouver uniform.

“You start to learn each other’s tendencies and what each person likes to do,” McCready said. “The more time we have together, the better we are going to click and the more we are going to learn what each other likes.”

And since its 16-13 victory over the Colorado Mammoth in Week 5, the Stealth have shown more patience, passing the ball around and finding the open man. The result has been back-to-back victories to pull the team to 3-3 on the season.

The most recent win was on Feb. 14 as they beat the Calgary Roughnecks 13-9 to drop their West Division rival to 0-6.

And the Stealth will look to bury the Roughnecks an even deeper hole as the two teams renew acquaintances on Saturday at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome at 9 p.m. ET. Tune in live on WatchESPN in the U.S. and TSN1, TSN3 and TSN GO in Canada.

The Stealth are fourth in the league with 13.3 goals per game. And the team is taking advantage of their opportunities at the offensive end. Despite averaging a league-low 44 shots per game — and having the worst face-off percentage at .375 — the team boasts an impressive .225 shooting percentage. They are one of just two teams in the league scoring on more than 20 per cent of their shots.

But despite stringing together back-to-back wins, head coach Dan Perreault knows there is still lots to do.

“We are happy that we put a couple of wins together, but at 3-3, we can’t be happy with that,” he said. “You are going to have to be a lot better than playing .500 ball.”

They also expect a big effort out of the Roughnecks.

“They are a good team,” McCready said. “In this league, on any given night, any team can win so we have to be ready every night.”

“Their crowd is going to be totally engaged,” added Perreault.

The Roughnecks return home to the Roughhouse this weekend to complete its home-and-home series with the Stealth. Calgary’s disappointing season continues after suffering its sixth straight loss in Vancouver last weekend to add to the worst start in team history.

Shawn Evans (2+3), Curtis Dickson (2+2) and Dane Dobbie (2+2) were the top players for the ‘Necks last weekend, while Rhys Duch (4+2), Corey Small (1+4) and Tyler Digby (2+3) lead their team in the win against Calgary.

“I thought Vancouver played as close to a complete game as you can,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky. “They had three 5-on-5 goals, three power-play goals, they had two 6-on-5 goals, three goals in transition, one empty netter, one of the draw and their goalie was 80%. That’s a pretty good recipe for success in the NLL.”

“Kudos to them,” Malawsky added. “They played well, we had a good start but weren’t able to sustain it and there’s things were going to continue to work on and continue to get better.”

After defeating Vancouver in all four contests last year, the Riggers have dropped two straight to the Stealth this season and have been outscored 31-23. Despite the bad record, Calgary has been in three 1-goal games this season and Malawsky still likes what he’s seen.

“Our compete level has been great,” Malawsky proclaimed. “Sometimes you get in the doldrums and you’re losing games and you just end up playing. Our guys aren’t just playing, they’re still competing and that’s the big part. There’s still a lot of fire there and the guys are still battling.”

After the Roughnecks started the season 0-3, people started talking. At 0-5, critics were wondering what was going on. Now at 0-6, everyone is wondering if Calgary can even make the playoffs, but the team still believes.

“Of course there’s a belief,” Malawsky explained. “We’ve got guys that are battling, we’ve got a lot of character in that room. What, do you expect us to roll over and die? No, we’re going to go to battle and we’re going to continue to battle.”

“This is an 18 game season, we’re six games in,” Malawsky continued. “We’re not having a pity party about the last six games that we played. We’re going to focus on the next 12 we’ve got to go, starting on Saturday night against a really good lacrosse team.”

Fifth-year Calgary transition and all-time faceoff wins leader, Geoff Snider has eight-points on the season and says the team will continue to stay the course.

“We’re preparing,” Snider said. “Nothing changes, we’re going to be ready to go and we’re going to be here to play.”

“There’s no one around the NLL feeling sorry for the Calgary Roughnecks,” Malawsky said. “Nor are the 23 guys we got feeling sorry for themselves, so we’re going to continue to prepare, continue to battle, continue to do things the right way and hopefully we get some honest results out of our honest efforts.”

By Gary Ahuja (@VanStealthBeat) & Kassidy Collins (@RoughnecksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Garrett James.

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