The Roughnecks received contributions top to bottom on their roster on the way to a 19-12 win.
Friday night’s win over the Colorado Mammoth illustrates the type of depth the Calgary Roughnecks possess on the offensive side of the ball.
Shawn Evans scored all four of his goals in the first 17 minutes of the game. When Colorado defenders started keying on him, he started dishing the ball at a nearly unprecedented rate, finishing with 13 points to set a new franchise record.
And when they started to key on Evans passing the ball instead, other players stepped up.
In total, five Roughnecks marked at least a hat trick in the 19-12 bounce back victory for their first win of the year. As well, six players also passed the five-point benchmark.
“In the tight games in this league, your best players need to be your best players and if you look at the stats sheet, our offensive guys, every single one of them stepped up and did a great job out there,” said head coach Curt Malawsky. “We played offence by committee and when we do that, it’s pretty hard to stop that.
“A lot of times, they will just concentrate on one guy and when they double the one guy that’s hot, the other guys make them accountable. We’ve talked about that as an offence.”
It was exactly the type of game the Roughnecks needed. After two home losses, including last week’s 13-12 overtime defeat at the hands of the Mammoth, the Riggers needed a chance to regroup as they embarked on a two-game, three-day road trip culminating in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
One of the other differences this time around was the Roughnecks ability to slow down John Grant Jr. After sniping six goals and adding two helpers last week, he was held off the scoreboard until part way through the third quarter. While he still managed to snipe a hat trick to go along with two helpers, by that time, the Roughnecks already had a sizeable lead.
“You can never stop John Grant,” Malawsky said. “We really didn’t do anything different with John Grant, we just wanted to play our game and stick to our systems. Hopefully our systems were successful.”
It wasn’t the start the Roughnecks had envisioned though, with the team down 3-0 before their fans even had a chance to watch the game.
But Evans popped a hat trick in less than five minutes and the Roughnecks were flying. Scott Ranger, Dane Dobbie and Geoff Snider rounded out scoring in the first frame as the team held a 7-4 lead.
More of the same continued in the second, with Evans notching his fourth of the game while Jeff Shattler scored twice and Curtis Dickson added a shorthanded marker. After a shaky start, goaltender Mike Poulin shut the door, and Calgary had the 11-6 lead at halftime, the closest the Mammoth had to a comeback.
Dickson and Daryl Veltman pocketed shorthanded markers 25 seconds apart early in the third, while Shattler and Ranger finished off their hat tricks.
Dobbie and Dickson scored the last three Roughnecks goals of the game.
In total, Evans (4g,9a) Shattler (3g,5a), Dobbie (4g,2a), Ranger (3g,3a), Dickson (3g,2a) and Veltman (1g,4a) all broke the five-point barrier.
For the Mammoth, they received contributions from Gavin Prout (2g,4a), Adam Jones (2g,3a), Jamie Lincoln (2g,2a), Sean Pollock (1g,2a), Jordan McBride (1g,1a), and Mat MacLeod (1g).
Goaltender Mike Poulin played the majority of the game, before Frankie Scigliano relieved him with a minute left to play. The two combined to turn away 36 out of 48 shots.
In the other net, Chris Levis allowed six goals on 13 shots, before making way for Matt Roik who allowed 13 on 38 shots. They combined for a save percentage of 0.627.
The Roughnecks now have an off day on Saturday before taking on the Philadelphia Wings on Sunday at 2 p.m. MT. Tune into www.CalgaryRoughnecks.com to watch.