March 12, 2011

Calgary Heads Home on High Note

from press release

The Calgary Roughnecks went into opposition territory and took a major win to stay atop of the West Division against the Washington Stealth 17-13 on Sunday night.

The win moves the Roughnecks to 7-3 in the season and the season series against the Stealth after the two teams split two previous encounters. The loss drops the defending champs to 5-6.

In a game of momentum, the Stealth seemed to be on their way back in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to one when Rhys Duch scored to make it 13-12. However, three straight goals from the Roughnecks, all of which involved Jeff Shattler, gave the Roughnecks the win.

Luke Wiles opened up the scoring for the Stealth early in the first, with the teams each scoring twice more in the first period. Curtis Dickson and Shattler scored to give the Roughnecks the 4-3 lead after the first, a lead they would never give up.

The Roughnecks expanded on their lead in the second, taking the game to 9-6 into the half. Near the end of the half, Andrew McBride received a ten-minute misconduct, meaning the Roughnecks would be spending most of the third stanza without their captain.

However the Stealth couldn't take advantage of the McBride misconduct, instead allowing Scott Ranger to score his only goal of the game. The Roughnecks took a 11-9 lead at the end of the third.

In the fourth, the Stealth cut the lead to one, but couldn't make it any closer. A couple of empty net goals from Shattler and Dane Dobbie put the game to bed.

Shattler (4G,5A) continued his hot streak with his third consecutive game of at least eight points. Dobbie had his best game of the year, scoring 5 goals on 11 shots. Rookie Curtis Dickson chipped in a hat trick while Kaleb Toth (2G,2A), Daryl Veltman (2G,3A) and Ranger (1G,3A) all contributing to the win.

Goalie Mike Poulin made 42 saves on 55 shots.

The Roughnecks will finally see home floor for the first time since January next weekend when the Edmonton Rush come to the Saddledome on Saturday.

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