(Vancouver, BC -April 5, 2014)ISN – – The Vancouver Stealth’s (4-10) slow start proved
costly, as they fell 17-9 to the Toronto Rock (6-9) in Saturday night NLL action at
the Langley Events Centre.
“Right from the get go we put ourselves behind the eight ball,” said Stealth
Captain, Kyle Sorensen, who made his return to the lineup after missing time due to
“We battled back a bit after the slow start, but then we fell asleep again.”
The Rock led right from the get go, outscoring the Stealth 6-2 in the opening
quarter and held an 11-4 advantage at halftime.
“We’ve had a number of good starts this year, our problem has been the middle of the
games at times,” said Toronto Rock head coach, John Lovell.
“It was good that we maintained our momentum throughout the third and fourth
Langley, BC native Garrett Billings led the charge for the Rock in the opening half
assisting on the team’s first five goals of the game and finished the half with
seven points to lead all players. However, Billings would end up leaving the game
with an injury in the second quarter and did not return,
“We’re not sure where he is and you don’t replace a player like that,” said coach
“It’s devastating to us because of his ability and I feel sorry for the guy because
he’s one of the best, if not the best player in this league. It’s a shame that it
In second half the teams were basically even offensively, with the Rock scoring six
goals to the Stealth’s five. Rhys Duch led the charge for the Stealth in the second
half finishing the game with four goals in a losing cause. Duch was also named the
third star of the game.
The second half also turned into a physical battle, as the two Canadian teams
combined for 37 penalty minutes, in the second half alone. The playoff like
atmosphere at the LEC seemed to fuel the Stealth in the second half, but their slow
start was too much to overcome,
“We showed flashes of brilliance but that’s not good enough. We’ve put ourselves in
this position too many times this year,” said Sorensen.
“We know we can play 60 minutes, we did it last week against Buffalo.”
The Stealth now head out on the road to face the Rochester Knighthawks on April 12,
in what will be a repeat of last year’s Champions Cup Final.