March 10, 2012

Calgary Roughs Up Edmonton, Sweeps Weekend

from press release

CALGARY – The Calgary Roughnecks rode a seven-goal run in the final quarter to defeat the Edmonton Rush 16-9 in National Lacrosse League action Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

In the third meeting of the season between Edmonton (2-6) and Calgary (7-3) and the back-half of the home-and-away weekend series, the Roughnecks continued their supremacy against their provincial rivals with a ninth consecutive win over the Rush in the Battle of Alberta.

The tightly contested matchup Saturday was tied 8-8 at halftime and 9-9 after three quarters before Calgary exploded with a seven-goal outburst in the fourth quarter to sweep the weekend series after the Roughnecks slipped past the Rush 13-10 Friday in Edmonton.

One bright spot for Edmonton Saturday was forward Shawn Williams, who appeared in his 188th consecutive game to tie the all-time NLL record and with four assists in the contest becomes just the six NLL player to notch his 1,000th point in league play.

"Well, obviously it's bittersweet," said Williams. "A milestone like that you've got to be proud, but the stat we're worried about it is our record."

"He's a class guy and I wish it could've been in better circumstances," said Rush head coach/GM Derek Keenan. "He's been a great player for a long time and I know Willy, he'd rather taken the win than the stats."

The Rush came away empty handed on the weekend series and once again had breakdowns down the stretch that's led to defeat on more than one occasion.

"Tonight was more of a 15-minute breakdown as we just stopped playing the way we did for the first 45-minutes," said Keenan. "And it's hard to explain why.

"I know we have a pretty young group back there (on defense), but I don't know how they can play so well and then shut down.

"Every guy in our locker room has won championships at different levels, including the NLL, so they know how to win. They've won at other levels."

Zack Greer fired a hat trick and added an assist for four points for Edmonton and Scott Evans (2G, 2A) added four points as well, while Ryan Ward (1G, 2A), Corey Small (1G, 1A), Derek Suddons (1G) and Kyle Rubisch (1G, 10 loose balls), added singles.

Shawn Evans (5G), Peter McFetridge (3G, 2A), Jeff Shattler (2G, 1A) and Geoff Snider (2G, 1A, 16 LBs) lead Calgary's attack.

Rush netminder Aaron Bold (2-6) stopped 23-of-34 shots in the loss and Calgary's Mike Poulin stopped 40 shots for the win.

Calgary had the pump jack started early with two goals in the opening 19-seconds and the two clubs traded a total of nine goals in the first frame as the Roughnecks held a 5-4 edge.

The second quarter saw the clubs continue to fill the net as Greer fired two more goals fort Edmonton to give him an opening half hat trick and the clubs were tied 8-8 after two quarters of play with the Rush outshooting the Roughnecks 29-24.

Scoring slowed in the third quarter as Calgary took a one-goal lead before Edmonton answered back in transition as Rubisch drove the lane and tied the score 9-9 with 65-seconds left in the third quarter.

The final quarter was all Calgary as the Roughnecks scored seven straight tallies to cruise to the 16-9 win.

Edmonton travels to Philadelphia March 17 for an evening contest at Wells Fargo Center before returning to Crystal Glass Field at Rexall Place for five of its final seven games.

Rush mush: the Rush wore their third jerseys with the players' Twitter handle on the nameplate on the back of the jersey...EDM is 0-3 head-to-head with CGY this season and 4-19 all-time...EDM went 2-for-6 on the power-play and 5-5 on the PK... EDM outshot CGY 49-47.... D Tory Gardner debuted for EDM and the club scratched T Jesse Fehr, D Chris Corbeil (injured) and F Tom Johnson.

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