Langley, BC. - The Calgary Roughnecks scored 12 goals in the first half allowed only four goals in the second half as they routed the Colorado Mammoth 20-11 in a National Lacrosse League exhibition match at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday.
The Riggers offence was led by veterans Scott Ranger (4G, 3A), Curtis Dickson(5G, 3A) and Jeff Shattler (5G, 3A) who combined for 14 goals. Each member of the trio had a part in all but three Roughnecks tallies. Daryl Veltman helped out with a pair of goals, Andrew Murphy, who was just signed as a free agent by the Riggers, tallied two goals and added an assist while Roughnecks 2012 first round draft selection Joe Resetarits chipped in with a single marker.
“We’re very dynamic offensively,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky, “we always have five good players on the floor and that’s really tough to defend so if we share the ball, move our feet and run with the parameters of our system it’s really hard to check guys’ like.”
Roughnecks forward Scott Ranger didn't like his team's start but thought they settled in as the game wore on.
“A little shaky to start but the process was there and we are striving to have perfection at the end of the year not the start of the year.” said the 29-year-old, “The boys battled hard and it doesn’t matter who scored or who made the saves it was a team effort and we had that tonight.”
The Roughnecks were without the services of Kaleb Toth and Dane Dobbie. Shawn Evans became a spectator shortly after the second quarter began and Geoff Snider rested in the second half of the contest. Notable omissions from the Mammoth roster included John Grant Jr., Sean Pollock and Ian Hawksbee.
Frankie Scigliano started in goal for the Riggers and was beat 7 times on 16 shots while veteren goaltender Mike Poulin took over in the second half and gave up 4 goals on 26 shots.
The Roughnecks training camp will continue into next weekend as they will participate in a controlled scrimmage versus the Edmonton Rush on Sunday, Dec. 16 (11 a.m., Genesis Place) in Airdrie. The scrimmage is closed to the public. The 2013 National Lacrosse League season starts on January 12th for the roughnecks when they entertain the Toronto Rock at the Scotiabank Saddledome.