VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Nighthawks (0-2) fell to the visiting Portland Stags (2-0) on Saturday, losing 28-12 during their home opener at Thunderbird Stadium.
How it Happened: The powerhouse Portland Stags scored early and scored often against the inexperienced Nighthawks, showing exactly why they have had so much success in the MLU Western Conference over the past few seasons. Through fluid offense and potent defense, the Stags delivered a rude awakening to their young opponents, dominating the game in all aspects.
Turning Point: After the first quarter saw Portland lead by only three goals, the Stags exploded in the second quarter, scoring eight times. Entering the half with the score 14-6 in favor of the visitors, the Nighthawks were never able to recover.
Player of the Game: Peter Woodside. The 2015 MLU Breakout Player of the Year had a near perfect game on Saturday, tallying five goals, two assists and 2 blocks, while maintaining a 100 percent completion rate.
Stat of the Game: 58 seconds. The Nighthawks did not convert their first break until there were just 58 seconds left in the game. On the other side, the Stags recorded 17 breaks, one short of the single game MLU record.
What’s Next: The Stags play the second half of their weekend double-header tomorrow versus the Seattle Rainmakers at 1:00 p.m. PT. The Nighthawks will travel to take on the Rainmakers next week, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. PT.