February 14, 2010

Roughnecks Rally for 10-8 Win over Rock

from press release

Jeff Shattler's two fourth-quarter goals keyed Calgary's comeback victory over Toronto.

© Cory Shannon

CALGARY, AB -- Jeff Shattler scored twice, including the game winner, and added an assist to lead the Calgary Roughnecks to an exciting 10-8 win over the Toronto Rock in front of 10,193 fans on Valentine's Day at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Captain Tracey Kelusky led the way offensively for the Roughnecks (3-3) with a hat trick and three helpers, while Dane Dobbie also had a hat trick to go with two assists. Nolan Heavenor and Scott Ranger also scored for the Riggers, while Sanderson chipped in with five assists.

Matt King started in goal for Calgary but was replaced by Mike Poulin after stopping nine of 14 shots he faced. Acquired in a trade earlier this month from the Boston Blazers, Poulin stopped 28 of 31 shots he faced to record the victory.

Colin Doyle recorded a hat trick and an assist for the Rock (7-2), who built up leads of 5-1, 6-2 and 7-4 before the Riggers rallied for the victory. Rookie forward Stephan Leblanc had a goal to go with three helpers for the Rock, Rob Marshall and Blaine Manning each had a goal and an assist, while Kasey Beirnes and Scott Campbell added singles.

Former Calgary goalie Steve Dietrich drew the start in between the pipes for the Rock and stopped 39 of 48 shots he faced in a losing cause.

Dobbie scored at 1:13 of the opening frame to give the Riggers an early lead before the Rock replied with three straight goals by Campbell, Beirnes and Doyle.

After LeBlanc scored nine seconds into the second quarter, Doyle counted his second of the contest to put Toronto up 5-1.

Just before Doyle scored, King stopped a shot by Pat McCready and fell backwards to the floor. King had stopped nine of 14 shots he faced up until that point before being replaced in goal by Mike Poulin.

Heavenor then ended a lengthy scoring drought for the Riggers with a goal at 8:12 of the second quarter before Manning bounced a shot past Poulin to give the Rock a 6-2 lead.

That seemed to spark the'Necks as Kelusky scored his 10th goal of the season before Dobbie converted a power-play opportunity with 5.2 seconds left in the first half to pull Calgary within two goals.

Goals were hard to come by in the third quarter as the tight-checking affair continued with both teams playing well defensively.

Doyle completed his hat trick with a power-play goal at 8:40 of the third quarter before the Roughnecks responded with goals by Ranger and Kelusky 13 seconds apart late in the frame.

Kelusky converted a feed from Sanderson at 6:24 of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Shattler then gave Calgary its first lead of the game at 9:28 of the final frame when he fired a low shot past Dietrich. He added another goal 76 seconds later before Marshall replied for Toronto.

Dobbie then notched an empty-net goal with 55.8 seconds left in the game to seal the victory.

Next up, the Roughnecks travel south of the border to Everett to play the Washington Stealth on Friday. The next home game for the Riggers is slated for Saturday, March 6 (7:30 p.m.) against the Philadelphia Wings.

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