The Vancouver Stealth and Buffalo Bandits competed in an entertaining back-and-forth battle, which came down to the wire as Vancouver was seconds away from sending the lacrosse game to overtime. In the end, it wasn’t meant to be as the Bandits edged out the Stealth 14-13 on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre.
The Stealth were led by 8 points (2g, 6a) from Rhys Duch, 6 assists from Johnny Powless (6a), and 4 points (3g, ) from Lewis Ratcliff. Tyler Richards made 41 saves on 55 shots in a losing cause.
“We competed hard,” said head coach Dan Perreault. “It was just mistakes. We took a couple delay of games penalties in a tight game. We did have some great efforts. T-Rich made some fantastic saves and we had some great individual efforts but when you make mistakes early it’s hard to get that goal back.”
The Stealth are on the road next week when they visit the Mile High city, looking for the second win of the season against the Colorado Mammoth on Jan. 24. They’ll return home the following week to face the Mammoth at the LEC on Saturday, Jan. 31.