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Fri, Dec 2
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Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
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Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
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Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
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WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
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Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
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Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Hanging On: Stealth Holds Off Roughnecks, 13-12

A pair of fourth-quarter goals from Cliff Smith helped the Vancouver Stealth stay alive in their quest for a playoff berth.

With his team down 11-10, Smith scored two of the final three goals for Vancouver in a 13-12 victory over the Calgary Roughnecks in National Lacrosse League action at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night.

The win kept the Stealth alive as they improved to 4-11 while Calgary, the team they are chasing for the West Division’s third and final playoff spot, fell to 7-10. Calgary is off next week and has just one game remaining while Vancouver needs to win next weekend and then both games on the season’s final weekend to have a chance. Should Vancouver win out and Calgary drops their season finale, they would both be 7-11 but the Stealth would hold the tiebreaker.

“This is the first step. If we don’t win this game then we are all just playing for jobs,” Smith said. “At least now we are still playing for something.”

Both of his goals came in transition as he adjusts to a new role on the team, instead of the forward position he has played in years past.

“(The goals) were pretty big because it kind of made up for some defensive mistakes earlier,” Smith said. “This kind of cancelled them out.”

Smith said he is learning his new role, which has him coming out of the back door. And in the past couple of games, he has played cautiously as he learns the nuances of his new role. But as he gets more comfortable, Smith has been able to take more chances.

The game was close throughout.

Calgary raced out to a 3-0 lead but the Stealth cut it to 3-2 after one quarter. The teams were tied at seven at the half and tied at 10 after three quarters. The Stealth had a huge opportunity to go ahead early in the fourth quarter after Brandon Goodwin was given a five-minute penalty for a hit to the head.

But it was the Roughnecks who capitalized first as Curtis Dickson sniped his second of the game from long range for the 11-10 lead. 

On the same power play however, Smith would tie the score and Jordan Durston would out-wait Mike Poulin for his third of the game to give Vancouver a 12-11 lead.

Smith then took a breakaway pass from Chris O’Dougherty to put the Stealth up a pair with less than seven minutes to play.

Smith would take a high sticking major with 2:34 to play but the Stealth penalty kill and goaltending of Tyler Richards stood tall. Tyler Burton did beat Richards with his fourth goal of the night but it came with 6.2 seconds to play and the Roughnecks could not get another shot off before the game wound down.

Smith said he was relieved his teammates bailed him out, admitting had Calgary come back with him in the box, that would have crushed him.

Stealth coach Jamie Batley, who picked up his first win behind the bench since taking over last month, said the fact they got three transition goals was crucial.

“That was really the difference in the game in my opinion,” he said. “Those are the things we haven’t been getting, transition goals. Everything else usually equals out.”

He pointed out that the week before, Calgary out-scored Vancouver 7-1 in transition in the Roughnecks 16-12 victory.

The Roughnecks won the face-off and loose ball battles, respectively, taking 19 of 28 draws and getting 64 loose balls compared to Vancouver’s 63.

The special teams were also a standoff as Calgary was 3-for-5 with a short-handed goal while the Stealth were 4-for-8.

And Roughnecks coach Curt Malawsky said his team got away from what they wanted to do.

“We figured they didn’t really want to play 5-on-5 for 60 minutes,” he said. “We didn’t want to do that but at times our emotions got the best of us. There were things that should have been irrelevant but we ended up making them relevant and then they were able to cash in on those key opportunities.”

“That’s a lesson we have learned for the majority of the season. But our emotions got the best of us at certain points in the game,” he added. “It has never been a lack of effort for our group of men, but hats of to (Vancouver), I thought they played well too.”

Tyler Richards made 42 saves in the victory, several times while he was on the ground and just lunging to get a body part on the shot.

“They were a few desperation moments,” he said. “When you are having a game, you get them and when you are not, they seem to go flying past you.”

“I seemed to get lucky more often than not.”

This was the team’s first win after seven straight losses.

“It was huge for our confidence,” Richards added. “We are fighting for our [playoff] lives. Just pure desperation and we have to keep that going. Every game for us is win or we are out. We have a lot more confidence moving forward but we have a heck of a task next week with Saskatchewan in town.”

The Stealth were led by hat tricks from both Durston (3+1) and Logan Schuss (3+4) while Rhys Duch (2+6) had another huge game. Smith and Corey Small each had two goals and an assist. Ian Hawksbee had the other Vancouver goal.

Jeff Shattler led the Roughnecks with four goals and four assists while Dickson had two goals and four assists, Burton had four goals and Wes Berg had a goal and two helpers.

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Rhys Duch
2) Logan Schuss
3) Jordan Durston

By Gary Ahuja for NLL.com. Photo by Garrett James.

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