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ROUGHNECK REVENGE
With nine goals in the second half, the Calgary Roughnecks rallied for a 13-10 road win over the Washington Stealth on Saturday night.

By Laurence Heinen | Published: 1/16/2012 at 2:53:46 PM



With nine goals in the second half, the Calgary Roughnecks rallied for a 13-10 road win over the Washington Stealth on Saturday night.

“It was a back-and-fourth battle that we ended up coming out with a huge win,” said Calgary's Geoff Snider, who had an impressive outing with a goal and two assists, in addition to collecting nine loose balls and going 17-for-26 in the faceoff circle. “We played like a unit and stuck to our systems. We knew if we did that we would get results and it worked out.”

Dane Dobbie had a three-goal performance for the Riggers (2-0) in front of 4,687 fans at Comcast Arena in Everett, Wash.

Snider commended Dobbie for his clutch performance, which included two goals in the second half.

“He competes harder than anybody out there,” Snider said. “You can't say enough about him, he puts his body on the line every single shift and he changes games, just like he did tonight. He is a fearless leader out there”

Goalie Mike Poulin made 27 saves to record his second straight road win and he chipped in with three assists for good measure.

Curtis Manning had two goals and three assists, while Curtis Dickson also scored twice and assisted on another.

Jeff Shattler and Scott Ranger each chipped in with a pair of goals, while captain Andrew McBride also scored for the Riggers, who will return to Calgary to host their home opener next Saturday (7 p.m.) against the Colorado Mammoth at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

“The first two games against two of the top teams in the league, you would be happy going 1-1 and we've now won two huge road games,” Snider said. “It's a testament to the team and the character and says a lot about the team that Boardie (general manager Mike Board) has put together. We have come together as a unit and it just goes to show how prepared we are. The coaching staff has done an excellent job.

“We're just happy right now with our record but we don't want to look past anyone coming home.”

The Riggers trailed 5-4 at halftime before rallying for their second straight come-from-behind victory on the road with a huge second  half.

Rhys Duch had four goals and three assists in a losing cause for Washington (0-1), which beat Calgary 10-8 last May 7 in the West Final. Former Roughneck Lewis Ratcliff and Mike Grimes each had a goal and two assists for the Stealth, while Paul Rabil, Cliff Smith, Cam Sedgwick and Jeff Zywicki also scored.

Stealth goalie Tyler Richards made 26 saves in a losing cause.

Shattler counted a power-play goal for Calgary at 1:18 of the first quarter before Duch and Sedgwick responded for Washington to put the Stealth up 2-1.

Dobbie and Shattler then scored for Calgary as the Riggers regained their one-goal lead.

Duch then converted a feed from Ratcliff during a Washington man advantage late in the opening frame to tie up the game at 3-3.

After Duch completed his hat trick 39 seconds into the second quarter, Manning replied for Calgary to even the score once again.

The Stealth took a 5-4 lead into the intermission thanks to a goal by Jeff Zywicki with 1:45 left in the first half.

The Roughnecks then took control of the game in the second half as both Dobbie and Dickson scored twice to lead the offensive attack.

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