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The Nighthawks (0-1) look to get their first win of the season as they host the Portland Stags (1-0) today at Thunderbird Stadium.
The Vancouver Nighthawks open their home schedule today against the visiting Portland Stags, looking to tally their first win of the season and get back to a .500 record early in the young 2016 MLU Season.
After falling on the road to the San Francisco Dogfish, 21-12 last weekend, the Nighthawks face a tough test today, facing a team that has only lost 3 games over the past two regular seasons and is coming off an impressive 22-16 victory over the reigning Western Conference Champions, the seattle.rainmakers.mlultimate.com last weekend.
While the outcome of last weeks game was not what the Nighthawks hoped for, they were signs of things to be optimistic about from the young Vancouver squad. With a roster including 20 rookies, as well as a first time head coach in Pat Gatien, the Nighthawks held the Dogfish to just six goals in the first half, matching them with five of their own to enter halftime with a single goal deficit, set to receive the disc in the 3rd quarter. Impressive play by veterans Erik Hunter and Taylor Nadon, as well as rookies Graeme Barber and Victor Cheng kept the Nighthawks in competition until the fourth quarter when San Francisco’s veteran depth took over.
Heading into the Portland game today, the Nighthawks will be without Cheng, as well as veterans Ted Chu and Nicholas Lin, all of whom figured to be key players for Vancouver this season but are listed on the team’s injury report. Portland on the other hand will be bringing an extremely tough, veteran roster with perennial stars Timmy Perston, Cody Bjorklund, Peter Woodside, Riley Meinershagen and Topher Davis, presenting an tough early challenge for the inexperienced Nighthawks.
Look for the team to continue to develop as a unit, with most Nighthawks playing in only their second professional game, as they look to defeat a team that has been a powerhouse in the Western Conference for the past few years.