After winning their first two games of the season on the road, the Calgary Roughnecks suffered a 13-12 OT loss in home opener.
After winning their first two games of the season on the road, the Calgary Roughnecks suffered a heartbreaking 13-12 loss in overtime to the Colorado Mammoth.
Gavin Prout scored a power-play goal 45 seconds into the extra session to send the 9,341 fans in attendance at the Scotiabank Saddledome home unhappy.
“We let this one slide tonight, but we’ve to learn from this,” said Calgary forward Shawn Evans, who took the tripping penalty 29 seconds into overtime that led to Prout’s goal. “That’s not the way I wanted to go out the first game actually in Calgary. It happened and we have to put that one behind us and move onto next week.”
Following the setback, Calgary coach Dave Pym said that mental errors cost his team the game.
“It’s a tough night for us all the way around,” Pym said. “We’ve got to be better. Everybody’s got to be better. We regroup and refocus and put this one behind us.”
Daryl Veltman had a hat trick and three assist to lead Calgary’s offensive attack. Evans had two goals and three assists for the Riggers who let leads of 5-2 in the first quarter and 12-9 in the fourth quarter slip away.
“Any time you’re ahead in the fourth quarter, you want to be able to hold onto that,” said Veltman, whose six-point performance was his best showing as a Roughneck since he was acquired from the Boston Blazers in August of 2010 in a blockbuster deal that saw Josh Sanderson go the other way. “Today we got away from what was working for us and we stopped shooting the ball.”
Scott Ranger scored twice and set up another goal for the Roughnecks (2-1). Curtis Manning had two goals, while Curtis Dickson (1g, 2a), Peter McFetridge (1g) and Kaleb Toth (1g) also scored. Jeff Shattler had three assists in a losing cause.
Mike Poulin stopped 36-of-45 shots he faced in the Calgary net, while former Roughneck Chris Levis made 44 saves to record the win for the Mammoth (3-0).
“He made the saves in the end to keep them in there,” Evans said.
Veteran Colorado forward John Grant Jr. led all scorers with four goals and six assists. With his third point of the game, Grant surpassed the 1,000-point plateau to become just the fourth player in National Lacrosse League history to accomplish that feat.
“He’s definitely the most dangerous player on the floor whenever he’s out there,” Veltman said. “He’s a magician with that stick.”
Adam Jones had a hat trick and three helpers for the Mammoth, while Prout finished with two goals and four assists. Derek Hopcroft had two goals, while Sean Pollock and Jamie Lincoln also scored.
After Pollock scored to put the Mammoth up 1-0 just 47 seconds into the first quarter, Veltman responded with a power-play goal for the Riggers 62 seconds later.
Following a goal by Grant during a Colorado man advantage, the Riggers responded with three straight power-play goals of their own.
Toth announced his return to the Calgary lineup with authority by firing a long-range shot past Levis before Ranger and Evans scored to put the ’Necks up 4-2.
Manning scored to give Calgary a three-goal lead before the Mammoth replied with four straight goals. The Riggers then notched four of the next five goals to take a 9-7 lead into the halftime intermission. Veltman finished the first half with a hat trick and two assists.
“Daryl was picking spots and burying them,” Pym said.
Evans converted a great behind-the-back feed from Ranger for a power-play goal at 7:27 of the third quarter to increase Calgary’s lead to 10-7. Evans then returned the favour by setting up Ranger for his second goal of the game just 53 seconds later.
Grant then scored a short-handed goal for Colorado and Hopcroft followed that up with his second of the game to cut Calgary’s lead to two goals.
Manning scored on a breakaway at 3:03 of the fourth quarter before Grant and Jones responded with goals to pull the Mammoth within one.
With Andrew McBride in the penalty box for slashing, Jones scored for Colorado to tie up the contest at 12-12.
Ranger had a chance to win the game, but his shot hit the crossbar with just 2.2 seconds left in regulation.
Next up, the Roughnecks will host the Toronto Rock (0-2) at the Sadledome next Saturday night (7 p.m.).