Stealth Wins at Calgary to Clinch Playoff Spot
from press release
CALGARY, Alb. - The Washington Stealth (8-6)
clinched a playoff berth with a 12-11 road win over the Calgary
Roughnecks (8-6) before a crowd of 10,008 at Scotiabank Saddledome
on Saturday night.
Roughnecks transition player Geoff Snider opened the scoring just seven seconds into the game by winning the faceoff and storming down the field. The Stealth answered 1:44 later to tie the game and after two Calgary goals, pulled within 3-2 with 14 seconds left in the first quarter.
After Washington scored twice to start the second quarter, Calgary scored four unanswered goals for a 7-4 halftime lead. The Stealth dominated the third quarter, ending it with a five-goal run to lead 10-9 after 45 minutes of play.
After the Roughnecks scored twice 10 seconds apart 4:11 into the fourth quarter, the Stealth tied it with 3:45 left before Rhys Duch scored what proved to be the game-winning goal one minute later with 2:45 left on the clock.
Calgary had a chance to tie it late but their pass was intercepted by Washington's defense as the Stealth held on for the win.
Duch finished with a game-high seven points (3+4), Lewis Ratcliff had five points (3+2) and Brett Bucktooth had four points (1+3) while Tyler Richards made 48 saves on 59 shots.
Dane Dobbie had a team-high five points (2+3), Curtis Dickson scored a hat trick, and Mike Poulin had 38 saves on 50 shots in the losing effort.
The Stealth took the season series with the Roughnecks, earning them the postseason tiebreaker. It was Washington's first win in Calgary since their West Division championship victory in 2011.
With the win, Stealth head coach Chris Hall became the fourth NLL head coach all-time with 80 career wins.
After missing the postseason last year with a 4-12 record, the Stealth, who won the Champion's Cup in 2010 and lost in the title game in 2011, will make their return to the playoffs.