by Kyle Donen
March 8, 2014, Edmonton (ISN) – The Vancouver Stealth (3-8) came up just short against the NLL’s best on Saturday night, falling 10-9 to the Edmonton Rush (9-0). The Rush made NLL history with the win, becoming the first NLL team to ever start a season 9-0.
The Rush got out to a quick start in the opening quarter of the game scoring three early goals to go up 3-0. Eventually the Stealth got on the board after peppering Rush goaltender, Aaron Bold, with 16 first quarter shots.
In the second quarter the Stealth seemed to find their grove outscoring the Rush 3-1 to tie the game at four heading into half time. The Stealth also outshot the Rush 28 to 19 in the first half.
The two teams then traded goals in the third quarter with the Stealth holding onto a 8-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter, as they looked poised to knock off the undefeated Rush. Rhys Duch almost gave the Stealth a two goal lead at the end of the third, but the goal was challenged and upon further review, it was overturned. The shot went off both goal posts and never crossed the goal line.
The Rush decided to turn it up a notch from there scoring three unanswered goals in the fourth to take a 10-8 lead. After Mike Grimes scored one late for the Stealth, it came down to the Stealth’s final possession to try and tie the game. A few different Stealth players got shots off in the final seconds but Aaron Bold again came up big for the Rush in the end.
The Stealth outshot the Rush 50-43 but again struggled to score goals when they needed them down the stretch. The Stealth did however see an instant impact on offense from newly acquired forward, Jamie Lincoln, who scored his first two points as a member of the Stealth.
Lincoln scored an outstanding diving goal early in the second and assisted on Rhys Duch’s first goal of the game.
The Stealth will be looking for more consistency in their offense when they host back to back home games to finish off the month of March. They host the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday, March 21, followed by the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday, March 29, at the Langley Events Centre.
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