Richards Leads Vancouver to Franchise First Win
from Press Release
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Vancouver Stealth (1-1) used strong goaltending and were fueled by a raucous home crowd to defeat the Minnesota Swarm (0-2) by a score of 8-5 in their first-ever game at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night.
It only took a few minutes for Vancouver Stealth fans to cheer about their Franchise's first ever NLL goal. Rhys Duch brought the sellout crowd to their feet with the goal and Lewis Ratcliff and Cody Bremner assisted on the historic goal.
Before the first goal was scored both teams appeared a little shaky in the opening minutes, but once the teams settled down it was game on,
“We probably had a few nerves in the first 5 minutes of the game but we seemed to get over it. Then we got a couple of early goals which seemed to help settle us down,” said Stealth Head Coach, Chris Hall.
“It was an electric atmosphere and you couldn’t help but get excited knowing it was a packed house, and that NLL lacrosse was finally back in the Lower Mainland.”
The Stealth put on a clinic on the defensive end, holding the Swarm to 5 goals on 50 shots. Tyler Richards was outstanding and the main reason why Minnesota struggled to find the net. Richards put up a career best goals against average to lead the Stealth to a strong first game at the Langley Events Centre.
“It was a great defensive effort and T-Rich was in the zone in net tonight,” said Coach Hall about his starting goaltender, Tyler Richards. “The defense also did a great job limiting quality scoring chances.”
The crowd was not only treated to a stellar performance in net from Richards but also some physical play, which really kept the crowd energized throughout the game. The Stealth will hope to keep that energy and strong defensive play rolling when they look for redemption next week against the Colorado Mammoth on Friday night (January 17, 2014), at 8PM PST.