Curtis Dickson's six goal performance leads the Roughnecks to a 19-13 win over Toronto
Mike Poulin and Curtis Dickson reached milestone moments on Saturday as the Calgary Roughnecks downed the Toronto Rock 19-13 in front of 8,990 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The goalie known as the “Poulin Wall” stopped 48 of 61 shots fired his way to become the Roughnecks franchise leader in regular-season saves with 2,130, surpassing the previous mark of 2,117 held by Curtis “Shut the Door” Palidwor.
“It means a lot playing in the home barn in front of the home fans,” Poulin said. “It’s a great feeling. It’s one of those things that you kind of share it with your D guys and you share it with everybody in the organization so I’m thrilled.”
Calgary coach Curt Malawsky commended Poulin for coming up with several huge saves throughout the game to prevent the Rock from mounting a comeback.
“It’s not how many he makes, but it’s when he makes them,” Malawsky said. “He’s a big part of our group. He’s the backbone of our defence.”
Meanwhile, Dickson lived up to his ‘Superman’ nickname as he set a career high for points in a game with six goals and four assists.
“I had no idea - it’s cool,” said Dickson, who recorded nine of his points in the first half before scoring a big goal in the final frame to put Calgary up 18-13 with less than three minutes left in the game. “We were just looking to put the game away. It was getting to be a little bit of a nail biter there. They were starting to come back. Our offence went stale in the third quarter. It was nice to get a couple goals in the fourth to put the game out of reach.”
Malawsky praised Dickson for being ready to play right from the opening buzzer.
“Dickson plays with a lot of emotion and a lot of passion,” Malawsky said. “He’s a real tough check. When guys get him the ball when he’s hot, that’s key. He seems to get one, he gets six.”
Dane Dobbie had a solid showing for the Roughnecks (6-3) as he scored four times to go with two assists, while Shawn Evans and Jeff Shattler finished with a goal and seven helpers each.
Karsen Leung (2g, 2a), Matthew Dinsdae (2g, 1a), Dan MacRae (1g, 1a), Geoff Snider (1g) and Jon Harnett (1a) also got in the action.
Stephan Leblanc led the way with five goals and two assists for the Rock (4-6), which suffered a narrow 11-10 road loss to the Edmonton Rock on Friday night.
“They’re one heck of a lacrosse team there and they had a tough one up in Edmonton,” Malawsky said. “They were a little tired and it was important for us to get a good start and a good jump and that was key.”
Garrett Billings and Kasey Beirnes had two goals and four assists each for the Rock, while Rob Hellyer (2g, 1a), Colin Doyle (1g, 5a) and Ethan O’Connor also scored.
Toronto goalie Nick Rose played the majority of the game for the Rock, aside from a span of 6:34 late in the first quarter and early in the second when Zak Boychuk stopped three of six shots he faced. Rose, who finished with 28 saves, ended up taking the loss.
With the win, the Riggers avenged a season-opening 16-11 setback they suffered to the Rock in Toronto on Jan. 3. Heading into the game, Toronto had won four straight games against Calgary dating back to the 2012 season.
The Riggers led 7-0 after the first quarter and 14-6 heading into the halftime intermission as Dickson led the way with five goals and four helpers.
The Rock then counted five of the next six goals to pull within four goals of the Riggers early in the fourth quarter before Leung and MacRae scored to put Calgary up 17-11
Billings and Leblanc then scored back-to-back markers for Toronto, before Dickson and Evans replied with goals for Calgary to round out the scoring.
Next up, the Roughnecks will face the Colorado Mammoth (4-6) in Denver next Saturday night before returning to the friendly confines of the ’Dome on Friday, March 14 when they’ll take on the league-leading Edmonton Rush (8-0).