Behind a trio of hat-trick performances, the Roughnecks trounced the Bandits 17-6 on Friday.
Behind a trio of hat-trick performances, the Calgary Roughnecks trounced the Buffalo Bandits 17-6 on Friday.
Dane Dobbie had a hat trick and three helpers, Scott Ranger scored three times and set up another and Curtis Dickson also had a three-goal performance to go with one assist.
“It was a real gutsy effort and I thought an incredible win by the team,” said Calgary coach Dave Pym, who also commended netminder Mike Poulin for making 27 saves to backstop the Roughnecks to their third straight victory. “It was a team effort. It was a cohesive effort through and through from Poulie in the pipes, to our D, to our transition, to our O guys. Any time you can hold a team to six goals in this league it’s phenomenal and to put up the numbers that we did is even better.”
Shawn Evans scored twice and added seven assists to lead the Riggers to victory in front of 7,687 enthusiastic fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Evans came within two points of tying a team record for points in a game and within two helpers of tying another team record for assists in a contest.
“We’re moving the ball well and I happened to get a lot of points tonight,” Evans said. “It’s nice to have that accomplishment, but overall the two points is bigger.”
Daryl Veltman had two goals and five assists during the onslaught, while Jeff Shattler (1g, 3a), Mike Carnegie (1g, 1a), Peter McFetridge (1g) and Travis Cornwall (1g) also scored.
“We showed that we were ready and we showed what kind of team we have coming off a bye week, playing like that and putting up 17 goals,” Evans said. “It was a great feeling and it was a great feeling to be a part of.”
Luke Wiles led the way for Buffalo with a hat trick and two assists, while John Tavares also had a three-goal performance in a losing cause.
Anthony Cosmo started in net for Buffalo but was replaced by Mike Thompson after allowing 11 goals on 16 shots in the first quarter. Thompson made 40 saves in a relief appearance.
Dickson scored in the game’s first minute and then at the 3:22 mark of the opening frame. Exactly four minute later Dickson completed his natural hat trick to give the Riggers a 3-0 lead.
“Dickson gave us a good start and we built off that and just kept the ball rollingtonight,” Ranger said.
Dickson then set up Veltman for a power-play goal before Dobbie notched a shorthanded marker late in the first quarter.
Wiles and Tavares scored early in the second quarter for the Bandits before Dobbie and Carnegie fired back-to-back goals 25 seconds apart to restore Calgary’s five-goal advantage. Tavares and Shattler then traded goals as Calgary took an 8-3 lead into the halftime intermission.
After Wiles scored for Buffalo 48 seconds into the second half, Evans set up Ranger for a pair of goals before also bulging the twine at 7:08 of the third quarter.
Tavares and Wiles scored for Buffalo late in the third quarter before the Roughnecks erupted for six unanswered goals in the final frame to run away with the game.
“It’s a combination of things,” said Ranger, of Calgary’s success in the fourth quarter. “Having faith in each other, knowing we have each other’s backs and conditioning. I know guys take it home and work hard during the week and that pays off in the fourth quarter as you’re seeing so it’s good to see.”
Four of Calgary’s goals in the fourth quarter were scored during man-advantage situations as the ’Necks finished 6-for-9 on the power play.
“We knew exactly what Buffalo wanted to do and how they play,” Evans said. “They fell into our game plan. They took penalties. They ran around, they chased us. We did everything right. We killed them on the power play tonight.”
Next up, the Roughnecks will hit the road to face the Minnesota Swarm next Friday night (6:30 p.m.) before returning home to the friendly confines of the ’Dome for a game against the Washington Stealth on Saturday (7 p.m.)