Wings Bounce Back; Stealth Hold off Calgary

For Patterson it was his first time in net since the Stealth's Jan. 20 loss to Edmonton.

"It only takes less than a minute of losing focus and you find yourself in big trouble in this league. But we played great lacrosse right up until that point," Hall said.

With both teams at full strength and just over five minutes remaining, Duch tallied his third of the night giving the Victoria native seven hat tricks this season.

His goal ignited a three-score Stealth run that put Washington up by three at 16-13 with 1:27 remaining to all but seal the victory.

"For us to be able to answer after that (Richards penalty) was great," Hall said. "The fans were uplifting for us when T-Rich went back. Our big guns up front answered the bell and the defense dug in hard," he said. "We felt like we weren't going to give this game away."

Calgary's Curtis Dickson managed a final goal for the Roughnecks with just over a minute to go, but that would be all for the Alberta team.

In the first, Washington opened scoring on Athan Iannucci's first of four goals and three assist on the night but quickly fell behind 2-1 on two power play to scores by Calgary's Daryl Beltman and Dane Dobbie to close out the quarter.

"I feel like I'm capable of doing that more often than not," Iannucci said. "I'm just happy that I was able to (be productive) tonight. Everyone helped out a lot. We moved around and played well with each other."

In the second, Calgary scored first just 31 second into the period on a Shawn Evans goal to extend the Roughnecks' lead to 3-1.

But an opportunistic Stealth squad took advantage of careless Calgary penalties to convert on three power plays along with three other goals to take a 7-5 lead into the half.

"We changed (the power play) tonight," Hall said. "We had Bucktooth playing the point with Iannucci down in the crease just to change it up. I think it worked very well."

Washington finished the night with three power play goals all in the second.

Duch led the way for Washington with three goals and seven assists to run his season points totals to 51 on the season. Along with Iannucci, Ratcliff also tallied seven on a single goal and six assists.

For the Roughnecks, Jeff Shattler had three goals and three assists for six points. Dan Doby and Shawn Evans each had two goals and three assists for five points.

In the faceoff circle, Calgary's Geoff Snider won the battle taking 25 of 33 draws, while the Stealth's Bob Snider won just seven of 28 giving him 150 face-off wins on the season.

"I think that's the mark of a good team when there was such a huge swing in such a short period of time," Hall said.

"We hung in and battled back."

Washington is back home next Sunday for its final matinee of the 2013 season as the Stealth face the Minnesota Swarm. Game time at Comcast Arena is 2:45 p.m. PST.

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2013-02-24



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