The first place Edmonton Rush and third seeded Vancouver Stealth go into game 2 of their back to back matchup on the weekend, after the Rush won last nights game in an OT thriller 15-14. Tonight both teams head to the LEC for a much-anticipated rematch; faceoff is scheduled for 7 P.M.
The first quarter of last night’s action saw Logan Schuss make his debut and impact for the Stealth as he scored the games first goal. With goals from fellow teammates Corey Small, and Joel McCready the Stealth would lead 3-1. Mark Mathews would be the lone goal scorer for the Rush.
In the second Tyler Digby would get his first, Small his second, and McCready would record his hat trick. Jarrett Davis and Zack Greer would both score for the Rush, as the Stealth would take the 7-3 halftime lead.
The Rush would need to come out in the second half on fire to close the gap and have a chance at keeping their strong lead in the West. They would do just that, matching Vancouver’s scoring in the 3rd quarter, and tying things up. Kyle Rubisch, and Robert Church would both score in the 3rd, as well as Davis scoring his second. Mathews and Greer would both go on to get their hat trick in the game. Tyler Digby, Rhys Duch, and Chris ODougherty would score for the stealth to keep the game tied at 10 going into the final frame.
Both teams would score 4 more goals in the final quarter to send the game to overtime. The Rush saw production from John Lintz, Adrian Sorichetti, Ben McIntosh, and Robert Church. Justin Salt, Rhys Duch, and Corey Small with 2 goals, especially his late quarter goal pushed the game in to overtime.
In OT it was Zack Greer with the outside bomb that propelled the rush to victory, as the Rush would match the Stealth streak at 4 games in a row, the difference being another one in the win column. For the Stealth the downward slide continues.
Tonight’s matchup at the LEC will be a pivotal game for the Stealth, as they must find a way to come together and stop the bleeding. With what looked to be a very promising season from the very busy off-season, Vancouver is once again looking like bottom dwellers. Could tonight’s game be a turning or tipping point on their push to make the playoffs?