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Preview: New England Black Wolves at Vancouver Stealth


New England Black Wolves (4-4) At Vancouver Stealth (1-9)
At Langley Events Centre
Saturday, February 24th, 10:00 p.m. ET
Live on Twitter

 

Last Game: The New England Black Wolves fell 19-11 at home to the Colorado Mammoth on Sunday, February 18th. The Vancouver Stealth fell 20-12 on the road to the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday, February 16th.

Players to Watch: New England – Through eight games this season, Shawn Evans leads the Black Wolves in both assists (30) and points (48), and is second on the team in goals (18). Kevin Crowley leads New England in goals (23) and ranks second on the team in points (35). Stephan Leblanc ranks second in assists (18) and third in both goals (11) and points (29).

Vancouver – Logan Schuss leads Vancouver in goals (21), ranks second in points (45) and third in assists (24). Corey Small leads the Stealth in both assists (30) and points (47), and ranks second on the team in goals (17). Rhys Duch is second on Vancouver in assists (27) and third in points (34).

Noteworthy:

• New England won 13-9 at home over the Stealth in their first meeting this season on December 29th.
• The Black Wolves currently rank second in the NLL in penalty killing percentage (55.0).
• With four goals against Colorado, Kevin Crowley extended his streak to 27 straight games with at least one goal for the Black Wolves, and is now tied for fourth in the league in goals (23). It was his fifth game with three or more goals, and seventh multi-goal game of the season. He is now just eight points shy of 500 career points.
• Stephan Leblanc recorded a season-high three goals and his first hat trick in a Black Wolves uniform against the Mammoth.
• Kyle Buchanan (eight loose balls) posted his fourth game of the season with eight or more loose ball pick-ups. With one goal and three assists in the game, he surpassed 300 career points.
• Shawn Evans is tied for eighth in the NLL in both assists (30) and points (48).
• Jay Thorimbert ranks third in the league in faceoff wins (130) and sixth in loose balls (78).
• Vancouver is 0-4 at home this season, and is currently on a five game losing streak.
• Through 10 games, the Stealth has allowed the most goals in the NLL (154).
• Vancouver ranks fourth in the league in penalty killing percentage (48.7).
• Logan Schuss is tied for sixth in the NLL in goals (21).
• Corey Small is tied for eighth in the league in assists with 30.
• Ian Hawksbee is tied for fourth in the NLL in loose balls (79). 

New England Black Wolves coach Glenn Clark
Opening Statement
“We’re not thrilled with our result last week, which is obvious, but that’s a day in the life of the NLL. You’re in every game and you’re out of every game. They are all difficult and this week will be no different. The one thing that players, coaches and fans need to be cautious of is looking at the record of Vancouver at 1-9 because they’re better than their record. They’re had results that are better than their record and they’re by no means an easy opponent. It’s going to be a dog fight again this weekend and our guys will know that.”
 

Are you happy with the acquisition of Johnny Powless?
“Very much so. I’ve always liked Johnny (Powless). I like his game. He’s sort of a component we need in terms of being somebody that doesn’t necessarily need to play with the ball all that much. He’s good without the ball in his stick. He’s an inside presence, he’ll create some space for other guys, he’s a catch and release guy, he finds soft spots in the defense, so he is definitely a piece we need and he’s a proven winner. He has put up some good numbers the last couple of years for Georgia. I believe he has won four championships already and he’s only 24 years old. He played with the Iroquois National team at the World Championships. He’s done it at the highest level and he has produced at the highest level. He was somebody that we always had to worry about playing against, so I think he’s going to bring a very nice compliment to the offensive players we already have.”

How difficult is it to stay focused going up against Vancouver at 1-9?
“It’s one of those things where we know how good they are. They have had some bad results but so have we. We’ve had some games where we’ve been on the wrong side of a blowout. If anyone thinks that we’re just going to roll in there and get an automatic win, that’s the furthest thing from the truth. They have some world-class players and are a dangerous team. They’ve had a couple of stinkers but they have also had some games that they should have probably won, so I don’t anticipate anything other than a very, very tough game.”

Next Game: The New England Black Wolves faceoff against the Toronto Rock at Air Canada Centre on Sunday, March 11th at 3:00 p.m. ET. For more information, visit blackwolves.com.