Vancouver Stealth’s Justin Salt (#19) and New England’s Kevin Crowley get tangled up. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Black Wolves stun Stealth late

Vancouver never trailed until New England pots OT winner at Langley Events Centre

The Vancouver Stealth never trailed yet could still not come up with the victory.

The Stealth took the first lead 78 seconds into Saturday’s night National Lacrosse League contest and maintained a lead for the following 57:26. But it would be the New England Black Wolves scoring late and then winning it 45 seconds into overtime for the 12-11 win at the Langley Events Centre.

“It’s tough (to lose like that) but that’s the NLL in a nutshell,” said the Stealth’s Andrew Suitor, who sparked the transition game with a pair of goals. “You have to seal games.”

“We felt like we battled all game and gave it our all, we are just not getting the bounces and the outcome,” he added.

“It is easy to blame it on the bounces but at some point … you have to do something to change how those bounces are going.”

The loss dropped Vancouver to 1-10 on the season and with just seven games remaining, their faint playoff hopes are flickering. The Stealth are 3.5 games behind Calgary (4-6), although they do play the Roughnecks twice more.

Results aside, Saturday’s game was perhaps the Stealth’s best effort of the season.

“That is a great game we played,” said coach Jamie Batley. “We are happy with our effort (but) we are not happy with the outcome obviously.”

The Stealth made a pair of coaching changes midweek, replacing both their offensive and defensive coaches.

And that seemed to spark the team as they led 2-0 after one quarter and 5-3 at the half. Vancouver’s lead was down to one, 9-8 after three quarters and the Stealth were up 11-9 with 5:33 to go.

But the Black Wolves — who improved to 5-4 with the win — would get goals from Seth Oakes and Kevin Crowley 32 seconds apart with just over three minutes to play.

In overtime, Stephen LeBlanc scored his fourth of the game on the only shot in overtime.

New England made a trade earlier this week, picking up Johnny Powless and Suitor credited the organization for the aggressiveness.

“They went out and did what they felt they needed to get goals and clearly it paid off,” he said. “They were swinging the ball real well.”

The Stealth did get their transition game going with Suitor tallying twice while Matt Beers (one goal, one assist) and Travis Cornwall (one goal, two assists) both had breakaway goals.

Rhys Duch (two goals, two assists), Joel McCready (two goals, two assists), Corey Small (two goals) and Tony Malcom (one goal) had the other Stealth scores.

Eric Penney made 48 saves for Vancouver.

The Stealth are back in action when they visit the Saskatchewan Rush (9-2) on March 3.



sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Vancouver Stealth

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Vancouver Stealth’s Corey Small tries to slip past New England’s Nick Chaykowsky during NLL action at the Langley Events Centre on Feb. 24. The visiting Black Wolves left with a 12-11 overtime victory. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Just Posted

Abbotsford veteran survives cancer scare, celebrates 95th birthday

Second World War veteran Andy Anderson receives socially distanced birthday party after health scare

Bank robber who was on the lam receives three years in jail

Lucas Bradwell was wanted for robberies in Abbotsford, Sidney and Vancouver

Rivers could rise rapidly as heavy rains hit Lower Mainland

Larger rivers to reach peak levels on Thursday or into Friday, according to high streamflow advisory

Missing Chilliwack man not seen for eight days

Bruce James Madill last known location was on Paula Crescent on Sept. 16

Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific will work to get donations to food banks while also producing an online music concert

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Mounties cleared by watchdog in fatal shooting of man with schizophrenia in Maple Ridge

Kyaw Din was killed by the RCMP during a mental health incident in August 2019

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Local councils important, Horgan says as municipal conference ends

B.C. NDP leader says ‘speed dating’ vital, online or in person

Penticton woman sentenced to one year in prison for manslaughter of teen boyfriend

Kiera Bourque, 24, was sentenced for manslaughter in the 2017 death of Penticton’s Devon Blackmore

Increased border enforcement curbs cross-line parties at Peace Arch State Park

Gatherings between U.S. and Canadian citizens ‘a daily carnival’ – resident

B.C. Green leader says NDP abandoning environmental plan

Horgan’s claim of unstable government false, Furstenau says

Most Read