News, notes and analysis of the Roughnecks 17-16 win over the Swarm on Saturday night.
St. Paul, MN -- Scott Ranger enjoys to experience personal success, but that’s only when the Calgary Roughnecks are winning.
To him, it didn’t really matter when he personally got off to a slow start at the beginning of the year with eight goals and 24 points over the first seven games.
When his team finally called upon him to make an impact, the assistant captain came through.
With Shawn Evans dishing him pass upon pass, Ranger sniped three goals in the first quarter and completed his sock trick (that’s six goals) early in the third quarter.
“The points don’t matter when you’re winning,” Ranger said. “It’s when you lose and you aren’t contributing that you get upset.
“I was just happy to put the ball in the net tonight and help the team win.”
He added two more assists for a grand total of an eight-point night.
Head coach Curt Malawsky described Ranger’s game quite simply as resilient.
“He could have buried his head early on in the year and second guessing himself but he didn’t, he just worked harder," Malawsky said. "He went to the gym, battled in practice and never moaned.
"He went in and took this game over and he was a man on a mission. We talked about him getting to the dirty areas of the floor and he did.”
A lot gets written about the points that Evans puts up each and every game. Tonight was no exception, he tied the franchise record for nine assists in a game and potted two goals of his own. But it was his play right at the very end that sealed the win for Calgary. With about 45 seconds left – more than enough time for the Swarm to have two or three really good scoring chances – Evans caught a laser beam rebound off the pads of Swarm goalie Tyler Carlson and was able to kill another 30 seconds off the clock.
With Geoff Snider not available for a portion of the game, Nolan Heavenor filled in admirably. He may not have won the face-offs as efficient as Snider – no one does – he earned the praise of his head coach. “He doesn’t say nothing, go about his business, and that’s what a Roughneck is,” said Malawsky. “He doesn’t get the thanks or any of the accolades.” Heavenor won seven out of 15 draws, scooped up 10 loose balls, and scored his first goal of the season.
Rookie Marty Dinsdale notched his first NLL point against the Toronto Rock the night before, but it wasn’t counted on the scoresheets. So technically, he scored his first ever NLL point tonight, assisting on a goal from Scott Ranger.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
4: As in four shorthanded goals from the Roughnecks and four powerplay goals from the Swarm. The Roughnecks also chipped in four markers from the powerplay, so almost have their total tallies came from special teams.
Scott Ranger: As it states above, he completed his first ever NLL sock trick and kick started the Roughnekcs offence.
Shawn Evans: His second game this year over 10 points means he’s taken back the NLL scoring lead from the Toronto Rock’s Garrett Billings. With half the season remaining and 54 points already, he’s on his way to smashing his career high of 79 points.
Curtis Dickson: He was shut out for the majority of the night, but with the win on the line, he stepped up with a hat trick in less than 10 minutes, all while the team was shorthanded.
Curtis Manning returned to the team after missing last night's game due to medical school committment. Travis Cornwall was one of the scratches tonight after suffering a lower-body injury against the Rock.