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RIGGER RAMBLINGS - EDITION 4
Riggers will look to avenge their home opening defeat when the battle the Rock on Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome

By Laurence Heinen | Published: 1/26/2012 at 10:09:00 AM



HEARTBREAK AT HOME: 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 last Saturday night. Gavin Prout scored a power-play goal 45 seconds into the extra session for the Mammoth (3-0) to disappoint the 9,341 fans in attendance at the Scotiabank Saddledome. “We let this one slide tonight, but we’ve got to learn from this,” said Calgary forward Shawn Evans, who took the tripping penalty 29 seconds into overtime that led to Prout’s goal. Daryl Veltman had a hat trick and three assists for the Roughnecks (2-1), while Evans finished with two goals and three assists. The Riggers let leads of 5-2 in the first quarter and 12-9 in the fourth quarter slip away. Scott Ranger scored twice and set up another in the loss, 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. Veteran Colorado forward John Grant Jr. led all scorers with four goals and six assists as he became just the fourth player in National Lacrosse League history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. 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.

READY FOR REDEMPTION: The Roughnecks will be looking to bounce back with a win at home over the defending NLL champion Toronto Rock on Saturday night (7 p.m.). In their first game of the season, the Riggers ventured into hostile territory and beat the Rock 12-9 at the Air Canada Centre. Led by a hat trick and three helpers of the stick off Dane Dobbie, the Riggers battled back from 5-0 and 6-1 deficits to beat the Rock. Ranger and Evans chipped in with two goals and an assist each. Dickson had a strong game with a goal and four assists, while Shattler scored once and set up three others. Cory Conway had a three-point night (1g, 2a), while Mike Carnegie and Veltman also scored. Geoff Snider won 16-of-23 faceoffs he took and led all players with 13 loose balls. Colin Doyle led the Toronto offence with a goal and three assists. Poulin made 29 saves in the Calgary net to record the victory, while Toronto netminder Matt Roik stopped 41-of-52 shots he faced in a losing cause.

ROUGHNECKS VS. ROCK: Calgary compiled a 1-1 record against the Rock last season, losing 9-8 in overtime in Toronto on Feb. 12 before rebounding with a 14-9 win at home on March 25. Shattler and Dobbie led the way offensively for Calgary with 10 points each. Shattler scored twice and set up another in the loss before notching a hat trick and four helpers in the win. Meanwhile, Dobbie had three assists in Toronto before exploding for four goals and three helpers in Calgary. Dickson was also solid with five goals and one assist in the two-game set, while Ranger (6a) and Veltman (2g, 2a) also had strong performances. Evans, who the Roughnecks acquired from the Rochester Knighthawks in the off-season, had eight points (1g, 7a) in three regular-season games against the Rock last year. Evans then had two goals and two assists during Rochester’s 10-8 playoff loss to Toronto on May 1. Poulin went 1-1 against the Rock, while veteran Toronto goalie Bob Watson also had a win and a loss in the series. Watson then retired after helping Toronto capture the Champion’s Cup last season. The Roughnecks have compiled an all-time regular-season record of 9-13 (5-5 at home, 4-8 on the road) against the Rock.

PYM’S PERSPECTIVE: Dave Pym, who took over as the fifth Head Coach in Roughnecks’ history prior to the 2010 season, said his players have to put the loss to the Mammoth behind them heading into Saturday’s rematch against the Rock. “We’ve got to focus on the defending champs coming into our building who are going to want to hand it to us as a result of us handing it to them the last time we played,” Pym said. “If we play like we did (last Saturday) and make the mental errors like we did, we will have it handed to us. Once again, Pym will be assisted by Curt Malawsky as Offence Coordinator and Bob McMahon as Defence Coordinator. It’s the third season for Malawsky on the Calgary coaching staff, while McMahon is back for his second year behind the bench.

DID YOU KNOW?: Veltman’s six-point performance against the Mammoth was his best showing as a Roughneck since he was acquired from the now-defunct Boston Blazers in August of 2010 in a blockbuster deal that saw Josh Sanderson go the other way. Veltman had five-point outings on three occasions last season when he finished with 13 goals and 29 assists in 14 games. “Maybe last year I came in as a first year on the Roughnecks and kind of sat in the back seat a little bit,” Veltman said. “This year, with the one more year under my belt, I’ve got that confidence that I was lacking last season.” Veltman is hoping to return to the form that saw him record 77 points (34g, 43a) in 15 games as a rookie in 2009 with the Blazers. The 6-foot, 200-pound athlete actually recorded his career high for points in his first-ever NLL game on Jan. 10, 2009 when he scored once and set up eight goals during a 19-14 road loss for Boston against the New York Titans.

A LOOK BACK: Led by the offensive exploits of Shattler and Dobbie, the Roughnecks finished atop the 2011 NLL standings with an 11-5 record. After recording 75 points (29g, 46a) in 15 games, Shattler was named the NLL Transition Player of the Year as well as league MVP. Dobbie also put up 75 points with a team-leading 34 goals and 41 assists in 15 games. In 14 games, Ranger compiled a career-high 29 goals and added 32 assists, while Kaleb Toth (16g, 37a), Dickson (33g, 19a), Cory Conway (12g, 33a) and Veltman (13g, 29a) also had solid offensive seasons. In net, Poulin compiled an 11-5 record to go with an 11.03 goals against average and a .765 save percentage. After winning their first post-season game against the Mammoth on April 30, the Riggers lost 10-8 to the Washington Stealth in the West Final the next weekend. Lewis Ratcliff led the way for Washington with a hat trick and four helpers. Ranger had a goal and four assists for the Riggers, while Dobbie (1g, 3a), Shattler (1g, 2a), Toth (1g, 2a), Veltman (2g), Dickson (1g, 1a) and Conway (2a) also had multiple-point performances.

OH BROTHER: Since the 2008 season, brothers Scott and Mike Carnegie have suited up for the Roughnecks on defence. This year, they’re joined on the back end by another brother tandem in Jon and Greg Harnett. While Jon appeared in all 16 games with the Riggers last season after playing the previous two seasons for Boston, Greg cracked Calgary’s roster this year as a rookie. The Riggers chose Greg in the second round (11th overall) of the 2011 NLL Entry Draft. Three of Calgary’s five picks at last year’s draft played well enough at training camp to earn spots on the roster. The others are transition player Travis Cornwall (first round, seventh overall) and goalie Frankie Scigliano (second round, 18th overall).

RETURNING VETERANS: McBride leads a group of 18 returning vets on Calgary’s roster this year. “When we’re firing on all cylinders, staying disciplined and playing our game, we’re one of the top teams in the league,” said McBride, who anchors Calgary’s defence corps. The Roughnecks are also pleased to welcome back Shattler, Dobbie, Ranger, Dickson, Conway, Veltman and Toth at forward. Joining McBride on defence are the brother tandems of Mike and Scott Carnegie and Jon and Greg Harnett (the latter of whom is a rookie), along with Mike Kilby and Dan MacRae. Transition players Nolan Heavenor, McFetridge, Manning and Snider are also back in the fold along with Poulin in goal.

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

  • In his sixth NLL season, Jeff Shattler is approaching a pair of milestones. Shattler needs six goals to reach 100 and by collecting just one more loose ball, he’ll reach 600 for his career.
  • Scott Ranger is also nearing two milestones. With eight more points, Ranger will hit the 300-mark for his career, while he also needs just 12 loose balls to reach 300 in that category.
  • By playing in three more contests, Shawn Evans will reach the 100 games played plateau. Evans is also 24 points shy of 400.
  • By setting up seven more goals, Kaleb Toth will hit the 400-assist mark. Toth also needs just 11 more loose balls to reach 800.
  • With eight more points, Daryl Veltman will have 200 for his four-year career. Veltman is also six loose balls shy of 200.
  • Nolan Heavenor needs to collect two loose balls to reach 400, while Mike Carnegie is two loose balls shy of 300.
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