ROAD WARRIORS: The Calgary Roughnecks (5-3) will play their third straight road game on Saturday when they travel to Everett, Wash., to face off against the Washington Stealth (4-4). Following a disappointing 17-12 setback to the Rock in Toronto last Friday, the Riggers bounced back with a narrow 17-16 road win over the Minnesota Swarm the next night. “Over the weekend, I was a little disappointed with the split,” said Calgary head coach Curt Malawsky. “Letting in 17 and 16, respectively, over the weekend is not going to get it done in this league very often. We don’t design our team to play in shootouts. We definitely have to look in our own backyard and clean up some of the mistakes.” Meanwhile, the Stealth is coming off a 15-10 road loss to the Edmonton Rush last Friday night. “The problem with our team this year has been inconsistency,” stated Stealth forward Rhys Duch. “Calgary’s a team that’s capable of scoring a lot of goals. They’ve got a lot of firepower. If we don’t come in at 100 per cent it could end up on the wrong side of things for us.”
ROUGHNECKS VS. STEALTH: The Riggers were a perfect 3-0 against the Stealth last season as they beat Washington twice at the Comcast Arena in Everett (13-10 on Jan. 14 and 12-11 on Feb. 10) before also prevailing 13-11 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on March 31. Jeff Shattler led the way offensively for the Riggers against the Stealth with nine goals and six assists, while Scott Ranger scored seven times and set up seven others in the three-game set. Although he played in just two of the games against Washington, Dane Dobbie still managed to put up six goals and four assists. Other top contributors for Calgary were Shawn Evans (3g, 6a), Daryl Veltman (2g, 6a) and Curtis Dickson (5g, 2a). Goalie Mike Poulin backstopped the ’Necks to a pair of victories against the Stealth, while fellow Calgary netminder Frankie Scigliano earned the other win. Duch paced the Stealth attack against the Riggers with six goals and 11 assists in three games, while former Roughneck Lewis Ratcliff was also dangerous as he scored five times and added 11 helpers. In just one game against Calgary last season, Athan Iannucci had four goals and one assist for the Stealth. Washington goalie Tyler Richards played all three games against Calgary and stopped a total of 150 shots despite taking all three losses. The Roughnecks have compiled an all-time regular-season record of 6-3 (1-3 at home, 5-0 on the road) against the Washington Stealth.
DID YOU KNOW?: Since the Stealth relocated from San Jose to Washington prior to the start of the 2009 season, the Roughnecks have won all five games they have played at the Comcast Arena in Everett. Conversely, the Stealth has gone 3-1 on the road in games played at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Over the previous six seasons before the move, the Roughnecks had compiled a 9-7 record against the San Jose Stealth (3-4 at home, 6-3 on the road).
WEEKEND UPDATE: Dobbie led the way for Calgary against Toronto last Friday night with five goals and two assists, while Shattler (2g, 1a), Dickson (2g, 1a), Ranger (1g, 2a), Peter McFetridge (1g, 1a), Dan MacRae (1g, 1a), Evans (4a) and Daryl Veltman (2a) also hit the scoresheet. Garrett Billings paced the Rock attack with an impressive 11-point performance (6g, 5a), while Colin Doyle chipped in with a hat trick and four helpers. Poulin made 32 saves in a losing cause, while former Roughneck goalie Nick Rose stopped 46-of-58 shots to record the win in the Toronto net. Against Minnesota, Dickson scored three short-handed goals in the fourth quarter to lead the ’Necks to a one-goal victory over the Swarm. Evans notched 11 points (2g, 9a) in the win over Minnesota, while Ranger had six goals and two assists. Dobbie (3g, 2a) and Dickson (3g, 1a) both finished with hat tricks, while Shattler (2g, 3a) and Nolan Heavenor (1g) also scored. In addition to making 27 saves to record the victory, Poulin also had three assists.
ON THE VERGE: In just three seasons, Curtis Dickson has now tied Tracey Kelusky for the franchise lead in all-time short-handed goals at 12. He has six short-handed goals this season and is one away from matching the NLL single-season record, which is shared by three players including Washington forward Jeff Zywicki, who accomplished the feat in 2008 when he was a member of the San Jose Stealth. Dickson’s third short-handed goal against the Swarm last Saturday also stood up as the game winner to give him four of Calgary’s five game-winning goals so far this season.
MOUSE’S MUSINGS: Curt Malawsky, whose nickname is ‘Mouse’, took over as the sixth head coach in Roughnecks’ history prior to the start of the 2013 season. Malawsky commended Dickson for his clutch performance against the Swarm on Saturday. “We were very fortunate to get that game in Minnesota,” Malawsky said. “If it wasn’t for the three short-handed goals we should have been on the short end of the stick.” Malawsky will be assisted by Bob McMahon as offence coordinator and Bruce Codd as defence coordinator. It’s the third season for McMahon on the Calgary coaching staff, while Codd joined the Riggers this season.