Stealth Ride Seven-Goal Run to Comeback Win Over Rock

Vancouver, BC (Friday, March 31, 2017) The Vancouver Stealth (6-8) defeated the Toronto Rock (8-6) on Friday night, 14-11.

The Stealth found themselves in a familiar position against the Toronto Rock, down at the half. But that was the tale of the first thirty minutes. The second half was a whole different animal where Vancouver went on a seven-goal run to take the lead.

The Stealth were led by Jordan Durston who had three assists to go along with a hat trick which included a pair of highlight reel goals.

"Lacrosse is a game of runs, you need to stick with your systems and hopefully everything works out," said Jordan Durston. "Going into Toronto last week, (I think) we should have gotten the win. But there are four games left in the regular season and we are pushing for a playoff berth, so this win is huge."

The defense was the catalyst in the win for Vancouver. Pete McFetridge, Curtis Hodgson, and Matt Beers all tallied on the scoresheet with a goal. Meanwhile, Joel McCready willed his way to a pair, Rhys Duch and Logan Schuss had four points, Cory Conway had a goal and two assists and Corey Small padded his NLL scoring lead with a 7-point game.

"I have never really had a year like this, so I am not really used to this kind of attention," said Corey Small. "Those crucial goals in the third and fourth came from the energy of the fans. They have always been great to us, but tonight it was a whole other level. We have two more games at home and this puts us one step closer to the playoffs."

Rhys Duch entered NLL game 144 and left with his 800th career point after dishing to Corey Small for the game winning goal.

"I wouldn't even call this a milestone, I think it is a cool feat but I plan on being in this league for a long time," said Rhys Duch. "We should not be talking about my 800th but rather the fact that we won and that keeps us in the driver's seat for our playoff position."

The Stealth hold the third and final playoff spot in the West Division. They look to maintain their lead over Calgary as they visit the Saskatchewan Rush on April 8.

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Langley, BC The Toronto Rock (8-6) surrendered a 10-7 lead in the second half, falling to the Vancouver Stealth (6-8) by a score of 14-11 on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre. A seven-goal run in the second half was the undoing for the Rock, who controlled the game for the first half.

"They were much better than us in the second half," said Rock Head Coach Matt Sawyer after the loss. "We had some opportunities to put that game away and we took a few shortcuts and it came back to bite us."

A pair of power play goals in the opening quarter helped the Rock build a 3-2 lead after the first quarter. Tom Schreiber was in on each of the Toronto goals, scoring twice and adding an assist.

Reid Reinholdt continued to carry a hot stick, scoring on a desperation shot from the boards just 44 seconds into the second quarter. Kasey Beirnes netted his second of the game to give the visiting Rock a 5-2 advantage. Vancouver got a goal from Joel McCready, but the Rock's Dan Lintner answer with a slick tally in tight on top of the crease, less than a minute later and the Rock took a 6-3 lead into halftime.

After the two teams traded goals, Vancouver scored twice in 53 seconds to make it a one-goal game less than four minutes into the second half. The league's top scorer, Corey Small tied the game 7-7 with a power play goal for the Stealth. The Vancouver three-goal run was followed by a Toronto three-goal run giving the Rock a 10-7 lead. Vancouver scored twice before the end of the quarter, as Toronto would carry a one-goal lead into the final quarter.

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