May 3, 2009

NLL Playoffs: Calgary Dumps Colorado, 15-8

from press release

CALGARY, AB - Dane Dobbie and Tracey Kelusky each counted hat tricks to lead the Calgary Roughnecks to a convincing 15-8 win over the Colorado Mammoth in National Lacrosse League playoff action Sunday afternoon.

Playing in his first-ever playoff contest in front of 9,760 fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Dobbie also recorded four assists for the Riggers, who finished the season with an NLL best record of 12-4 to give them home floor advantage throughout their playoff run. Kelusky had two assists to finish the afternoon with five points.

Calgary will now host the San Jose Stealth next Saturday night at the 'Dome (7 p.m.) in the West Division Final, with the winner advancing to the Champion's Cup the following weekend. The Stealth qualified for the contest by beating the Portland LumberJax 20-16 in the NLL's other West Division semifinal contest on Friday night.

Veteran forward Josh Sanderson scored twice and added two helpers for the Roughnecks, while Kaleb Toth and Jeff Shattler chipped in with a goal and two assists each. Nolan Heavenor scored twice, while Curt Malawsky (1g, 1a), Scott Ranger (1g, 1a), Mike Carnegie (2a) and Scott Carnegie (1g) also contributed to the victory.

After going 7-0 in the regular season, Calgary goalie Matt King stopped 40 of 48 shots he faced to record his first-ever playoff victory. He also chipped in with an assist.

Gavin Prout led the Mammoth with two goals and three assists, while Jamie Shewchuk scored twice and set up two others. Gary Rosyski (1g, 3a), Brian Langtry (1g, 1a) and Dan Carey (3a) all had multiple-point games, while Chris Gill and Matt Leveque each scored once.

A pair of former Roughneck goalies handled the duties in between the pipes for the Mammoth. Andrew Leyshon got the start and stopped 10 of 19 shots he faced before being replaced by Curtis Palidwor, who made 22 saves in a relief appearance.

Early in the contest, Shattler intercepted a pass in the Calgary zone and used his tremendous speed to create a breakaway situation. While on the run, Shattler let go a low shot that got past Leyshon to open the scoring.

After Prout scored for Colorado, Kelusky spun off a check and fired a low shot past Leyshon to put the Riggers up 2-1 at 4:18 of the first quarter. Kelusky then scored a shorthanded goal just over six minutes later before Ranger fired a long-range shot past Leyshon to put the home squad up by four goals.

Shewchuk and Rosyski counted goals for the Mammoth in a span of 2:02 to pull Colorado within a goal before Heavenor and Malawsky rebounded with goals for Calgary to put the 'Necks up 6-3 after one quarter.

The second quarter belonged to the Riggers as Sanderson scored twice, while Dobbie and Heavenor added singles to give Calgary a 10-3 lead heading into the half-time break.

After Calgary's ninth goal of the contest, Colorado coach Bob McMahon opted to replace Leyshon in net with Palidwor.

Colorado defenceman Chris Gill (not to be confused with forward Chris Gill) counted the first goal of the second half at 1:20 of the third quarter before Leveque scored 31 seconds later.

It took a while for Calgary's offence to get back on track, but Scott Carnegie and Toth eventually bulged the twine behind Palidwor to put the Riggers up 12-5.

For Scott Carnegie, it was his first-ever playoff goal in his first post-season game. He credited the crowd for helping cheer the Riggers on to victory.

"It's like a sixth man out there, so it helped us out a lot," he said.

Prout notched a late third-quarter goal, before Dobbie and Kelusky counted goals early in the fourth to put the Riggers up by eight goals. Shewchuk and Langtry scored the last goals of the season for the Mammoth, who now have an all-time playoff record of 1-3 against the Roughnecks.

Dobbie then finished off his impressive seven-point performance by scoring on a penalty shot with 21 seconds left in the game.

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