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LANGLEY, B.C. -- The Vancouver Stealth picked up the win in front of a boisterous crowd Saturday, and it was veteran sniper Rhys Duch who ignited the fans as the National Lacrosse League returned to British Columbia. Duch scored twice and had an assist as the Stealth defeated the Minnesota Swarm 8-5 in the first regular season NLL game in B.C. since 2004. The Stealth moved to Langley from Everett, Wash., during the off-season, giving the province its first professional lacrosse team since the Vancouver Ravens folded 10 years ago. Duch scored the first two goals of the night Saturday, electrifying the near-capacity crowd. The Langley fans came out in droves to show their appreciation for their new club, which has made three of the past four NLL finals. When doors opened an hour before game time, the line-up snaked around the Langley Events Centre, which can seat about 5,200. "We were in Colorado last weekend and there really wasnt much difference," said the Stealths Tyler Richards. "Twelve-thousand there and 6,000 here. You can hear it in my voice -- I have nothing left because I had to scream over it." The Stealth averaged 4,184 during their final season in Everett. "The energy in the building, even in the warm ups, was great," said Duch. "It certainly a change from going into Denver where youre the most hated people on the planet. The crowd support was great and it was great to see the full building. Its super loud in here for how small the arena is." Richards made 45 saves in the win, including many key stops early in the game while the Stealth seemed to be playing a little nervous. "Even though it was a home game for us, there was a lot of pressure on us," said head coach Chris Hall. "We played nervous for the first five minutes but we managed to get the two early goals and that seemed to settle us down." Richards was voted the games first star. "When he gets settled in there, hes probably one of the hardest goalies in the league to beat, in my opinion," said Duch. Cody Bremner, Mike Grimes, Cliff Smith and Tyler Digby had a goal and an assist each, while Jeff Moleski and Lewis Ratcliff also scored for Vancouver (1-1), which was coming of a 13-12 loss to the Colorado Mammoth last weekend in the season opener. Duch now has a team-high nine points in the first two games, though it was the timing of his goals that were essential for the club Saturday. "Guys look to you to make plays when things arent going right," said Duch, in his sixth year with the franchise. "The guys picked it up for me in the middle of the game when I was struggling. It feels good to get the team going, but they turn around and lift me up when I need it too." Kiel Matisz had two goals and an assist to lead the visiting Swarm. Josh Gillam, Scott Jones and Callum Crawford also scored for Minnesota (0-2), which hadnt played since losing its season opener 8-6 in Rochester on Dec. 28. Tyler Carlson finished with 26 saves. Duch scored the opening goal at 5:42, using a quick release from the slot to beat the netminder after taking a feed from Bremner. Duch made it 2-0 at 9:58, taking a pass from Alex Gajic before beating the goalie five-hole for the power-play goal. Matisz got the visitors on the board, getting a shot over Richards shoulder at 12:26. The Stealth regained the two-goal cushion in the final minute of the first with Moleski scoring a short-handed goal. Minnesotas Jones scored at 1:12 of the second, giving the rookie his first NLL goal. However, Vancouvers Grimes restored the two-goal lead just over a minute later. Gillam drew the Swarm back to within one at 8:30 with a nifty move in close. Smith scored at 3:46 of the third, giving Vancouver a 5-3 lead. However, a power-play goal by Crawford at 7:52 for the Swarm again cut the deficit to one. Bremner gave the Stealth some momentum heading into the final quarter, scoring with 68 seconds left in the third to make it 6-4. Digby then gave the Stealth their largest lead of the game, scoring at 2:09 of the fourth as he beat Carlson stick side. Ratcliff scored with less than four minutes left to make it 8-4. "Youre always trying to get separation and in this league its probably three goals," said Hall. "But when we got that goal from Lewis Ratcliff, with a real good screen from Smith ... it gave us a little bit of a sense of relief." Minnesota didnt give up, however. With the goaltender pulled, Matisz scored with 2:22 remaining, cutting the deficit back to three to cap the scoring. With the home opener in the books, now the challenge will be to keep the seats full for the remaining eight home games, and for that itll take more of the same. "Keep winning. Especially in a city like Vancouver -- they like their winners," said Duch, a Victoria native. "And were going out to sign autographs tonight. Its not a sport that sells itself, unfortunately, so we have to go out and sell it." But regardless, the players loved the new setting since the team is loaded with 14 B.C.-born players, many from the Lower Mainland. "I woke up late this morning for shoot around and I got to practice in 12 minutes," said Richards. "Its great." Cheap Indianapolis Colts Jerseys . - Maxence Parrot of Bromont, Que. Cheap Colts Jerseys Authentic . - The Mavericks built a 12-point lead with 2:50 to play, gave away all but two points of it, and still managed to hang on. . Omar Rahou made the discriminatory gesture several times while celebrating scoring a goal against Romania at Antwerp in January, UEFA said. The sanction was double the five-match ban Nicolas Anelka received from an English Football Association independent tribunal last week for the same act. Wholesale Colts Jerseys . While he was away, it was the division-rival Baltimore Orioles conducting a little business of their own, scooping up Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday evening to a reported four-year, $50-million contract. Cheap Colts Jerseys . 3 Ohio State. Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13 and the bench provided 38 points as the Buckeyes sprinted past Nebraska 84-53 on Saturday.The Winnipeg Jets had an offensive outburst Friday, matching a season high for goals as Bryan Little recorded the franchises first hat trick in almost four years in a 6-2 victory over Colorado. Now theyll turn their sights to the Anaheim Ducks, who are minus former Hart Trophy-winner Corey Perry. Viewers in Jets region can watch the Jets vs. Ducks live on TSN3 today at 2pm ct. The game can also be heard live on TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg starting at 1pm ct. With the way that were starting to play now, its kind of defense-first, and we kind of understand that some of the guys might not be scoring as much or might not be getting as many points, said Little, whose other hat trick came Dec. 26, 2008. Nights like (Friday) are good for the confidence and good for the team. Little, who added an assist, has scored six of his team-leading 11 goals over the last six contests. He has seven points in seven games versus Anaheim. If the Ducks are to continue their December success, they might need to do so without their top goal scorer for the time being. Its uncertain if Corey Perry will be on the ice when the visiting Ducks try for a fourth straight victory Sunday against the surging Jets. Despite blowing a 3-0 lead, Anaheim rallied to improve to 3-0-0 this month with a 5-4 victory at Minnesota on Friday. The Ducks (17-6-5), however, lost Perry midway through the first period after he was flipped in the air by a low hit from Wild defenseman Keith Ballard. Perry was unable to put weight on his left leg and needed help leaving the ice. It is a lower-body injury, coach Bruce Boudreau said. It is what it is and well just re-adjust. Boudreau said Perry will make the trip to Winnipeg, where hhe will be further evaluated.dddddddddddd. The Western Conference-leading Ducks went 1-0-4 last month when the mumps sidelined Perry, who leads the club with 14 goals and is second with 22 points. Weve been without him before already this season and we have the depth in the organization to fill those roles, captain Ryan Getzlaf told the NHLs official website. Its not one (person) that is going to fill Perrys void. Hes a goal scorer on our team and he does a lot of good things for us. Well have to collectively do it. Getzlaf has been doing his part with two goals and four assists over the past four games, and so has winger Matt Beleskey. He increased his career-high goal total to 13 when he broke a 4-all tie 8:28 into the third period Friday. Hes been working hard and doing the right things, Getzlaf said of Beleskey, who has six goals in the last nine games. Hes always had a great shot, but this year he seems to be having a knack for finding the right areas at the right times and hes scoring goals for us. While Perrys injury is of obvious concern, on the ice the Ducks need to tighten things up after giving up at least four goals for the fourth time in five contests. Their last four opponents are 5 for 14 on the power play after the previous 15 went 5 for 48. Frederik Andersen, who made 21 saves Friday, has been in net for all three wins this month but owns a 4.26 goals-against average in his last four starts. His only start against Winnipeg came in the teams last meeting, stopping 33 shots in a 5-4 overtime victory March 31 in Anaheim. The Ducks took two of three last season from the Jets (14-9-4), who are in the midst of a 4-0-1 stretch with nine goals allowed. ' ' '

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