For the first time in the NLL, Bob Snider got the better of his brother Geoff last weekend.
It’s been a few seasons with both Calgary natives and brothers Geoff and Bob Snider in the National Lacrosse League.
Geoff, older by five years, has always been the stronger, more dominant faceoff man of the two, but Bob’s improved drastically over the last few years to solidify himself as no. 2 faceoff ace in the league.
Head to head, Bob always puts up a good fight against Geoff with a many draws seemingly lasting forever, but the Roughnecks end up with better faceoff percentages.
That was up until last weekend. For the first time in the NLL, Bob won more faceoffs than his older brother when they were head-to-head.
Sure, it was only by a 14-12 count, but it still a feather in the cap for the younger Snider.
“I came in just thinking about the competition that he brings to the table and I tried matching the intensity and it ended up going in our favour in the faceoffs,” Bob said.
It doesn’t bother Geoff – his team won the game.
“I’d much rather be 48 per cent and win 13-11 than be 75 per cent and lose 13-11,” Geoff said, who also contributed a goal and two helpers in the win. “It was the best case scenario for everybody. The team played a great game, we got the win. I was happy with my play on defence and how I contributed offensively and my little brother did well.”
It came in the middle of a unique week for both players. The brothers are also business partners in Elev8 Lacrosse, and the company has held spring camps for minor players over the last two weeks in Calgary. Add in a family dinner for Easter and they haven't spent much time apart.
“We are professionals about it and we treat it as such,” Bob said. “We love each other as brothers but for 60 minutes, we are combatants and enemies on the floor.
“We don’t get in each other’s face, we more so complain to the refs about what the other guy is doing and just trying to see what we can get away with.”
The two guys will go head-to-head once again this weekend, with the Stealth now coming to Calgary to finish off a home-and-home series on Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.
“I know going into Saturday’s game, we are going to have another good battle in front of our hometown fans,” Bob said. “It’ll be a lot of fun a definitely a good challenge.”
A Roughnecks win will clinch a home date in the opening round of the NLL playoffs for the end of April.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
1. Brett Bucktooth ~ He doesn’t get the fanfare of a Rhys Duch or Lewis Ratcliff, but Bucktooth can snipe the ball. Twice last weekend, he sat on the outside and pinpointed a pair of goals. He has eight points against the Roughnecks this year in two games.
2. Tyler Richards ~ When Richards is on his game, there aren’t many better goalies in the NLL. He’s second this year in GAA (10.37) and third in saves (463) across the circuit. His five-minute major was also one of the reasons the Roughnecks were able to secure the win on Saturday night.
3. Mitch Jones ~ The rookie forward has only appeared in the last two games this year because of an NCAA hockey scholarship, but he played well against the Roughnecks on Saturday. He scored his first career NLL goal, added an assist, and had three shots on goal.