Vancouver Stealth’s Travis Cornwall broke in on New England Black Wolves’ goalie Evan Kirk during Saturday night’s National Lacrosse League opener at the Langley Events Centre. Cornwall scored on this play but the Stealth were on the wrong end of a 17-7 score.

Stealth open with loss

New England ruins Vancouver home opener at Langley Events Centre as 2016 National Lacrosse League season begins

A stagnant offence combined with some less than average goaltending resulted in a season-opening loss for the Vancouver Stealth.

The Stealth — looking for their first post-season berth since moving to Langley for the 2014 National Lacrosse League season — had an inconspicuous start to the 2016 season, dropping a 17-7 decision to the visiting New England Black Wolves.

The game was played Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre in front of 4,230 fans.

“Their shots dropped and ours didn’t, that was the difference,” said a dejected Garrett Billings after the game.

“Their goalie played amazing.”

Billings, a Langley native, was the team’s prized off-season acquisition, and he opened the scoring, giving Vancouver an early 1-0 lead.

The teams were tied at three after one period but New England scored six times in the second quarter and led 9-6 at the half. The Stealth cut the lead to 9-7 in the third quarter, but that would be the last time they beat goalie Evan Kirk, who finished with 47 saves.

“We seemed slow out there tonight, we weren’t moving our feet,” said Vancouver coach Dan Perreault. “A lot of our shots were flatfooted and were hitting defenders.

“We were having a hard time offensively (and) we weren’t moving our feet well.”

Another problem was a lack of movement on offence as the players seemed to be stationary.

Billings (one goal, four assists) and Rhys Duch (two goals, two assists) led the team offensively.

Joel McCready, Corey Small, Travis Cornwall and Tyler Garrison had a goal apiece.

The Black Wolves were led by a familiar face to Langley lacrosse fans as Pat Saunders — who plays in the summers in the Western Lacrosse Association at the LEC with the Thunder — set a new career high with nine points. He scored four goals and was one of five New England players with at least four points.

“We don’t have just one guy,” Saunders said. “We don’t care who is scoring; we just move the ball and play as team.”

Eric Penney allowed a dozen goals on 33 shots before giving way to Chris Levis in the second half. Levis allowed five goals on 22 shots.

Perreault said the goaltenders were left to fend on their own too many times in transition.

Things don’t get any easier for the Stealth as they hit the road on Friday night for game against the defending NLL champion Saskatoon Rush (1-0).

“We have to learn from this (loss), we have to have a short memory,” Perreault said.

“We have a short week (to prepare) and a tough opponent waiting for us.

“We are going to have to be a the top of our game.”

The Stealth’s next home game is Jan. 23 when the Colorado Mammoth (2-0) visit the LEC.

And Billings said the home crowd’s support during the loss was appreciated.

“That was the only thing that was positive (tonight),” he said.

“Hopefully they will come back and we can redeem ourselves.”

 

Just Posted

Langley’s Georgia Ellenwood is Olympics bound

She has effectively qualified for the 2020 games based on international ranking

Campaign against hospital parking fees is gathering momentum: organizer

Gary Hee said the bid to eliminate ER parking fees will be his last petition campaign

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

United voice calls for more senior services in Aldergrove

‘The people here deserve more’ says founder of the local Seniors Resource Fair

Aldergrove’s water park opens to public at discounted rates

Though the pool remains closed, the Township has decided to charge a toonie for admission

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Structure fire destroys Surrey tire shop

RCMP have closed Fraser Highway down to traffic from 152 Street to 88 Avenue

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

Multi-vehicle collision on highway in Chilliwack

Accident involves several vehicles, in the westbound lanes says Drive BC

Man dies after being hit by car in East Vancouver

The driver involved is cooperating with police

Most Read