For the second straight weekend, the Roughnecks suffered a disappointing overtime setback
For the second straight weekend, the Calgary Roughnecks suffered a disappointing overtime setback at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Defenceman Cam Woods scored at 1:05 of the extra session to lead the Toronto Rock (2-2) to a 14-13 win over the Roughnecks (2-2) on Saturday in front of 7,460 fans.
“It’s unfortunate that we ended up on the short end of the stick on this one,” said Calgary coach Dave Pym. “I thought we worked our tails off. We’re 2-2 and we’ve played the defending champs (Toronto) twice and we played the team that played against them (Washington Stealth) once. We’re in a tough part of our schedule. We’re going to look for all the positives we can out of this game. We’re obviously going to watch some film and see where we did make some errors and mistakes and we’ll correct them and move on.”
The Riggers led 13-11 in the fourth quarter before Kasey Beirnes and Garrett Billings scored for the Rock to force overtime.
Despite the loss, Curtis Dickson had a strong game for Calgary with a hat trick and three helpers.
“It’s always nice to have personal achievements, but you always want to win the games,” Dickson said. “It’s not like we’re getting blown out of the water. We lost two games in overtime in two weeks. We’ve just got to get back to the drawing board and draw up the game plan and make sure we execute.
Shawn Evans also had a strong showing for Calgary with two goals and three assists, while Jeff Shattler and Daryl Veltman each scored twice and set up two others. Scott Ranger (1g, 3a), Dane Dobbie (1g, 3a), and Geoff Snider (2a) also had multiple-point performances, while Jon Harnett and Peter McFetridge each scored once.
Mike Poulin started in goal for Calgary but was replaced in the second quarter by Nick Rose after allowing five goals on 14 shots. Rose then stopped 11-of-17 shots he faced before Poulin re-entered the game in the fourth quarter. Poulin made 10 more saves and wound up taking the loss.
Former Roughneck Pat Campbell received the starting assignment in net for Toronto, but only lasted 3:59 before getting ejected from the game for instigating a fight with Geoff Snider. Matt Roik then made 32 saves in a relief appearance to record the victory.
Another former Roughneck led the Toronto offence as Josh Sanderson recorded a hat trick and added six helpers. Billings also had a three-goal performance for the Rock to go with four assists, while Mike Hobbins scored once and set up three others. Dan Carey counted two goals, while Beirnes, Stephan Leblanc, Brenden Thenhaus and Drew Petkoff also scored.
Dickson scored 24 seconds into the first quarter and then set up a goal by Dobbie exactly three minutes later to put the Roughnecks up 2-0.
Shortly after Dobbie’s goal, Campbell left his crease and got into a scuffle Snider. Both received fighting majors while Campbell, who stopped three of five shots he faced up to that point, also received an instigating penalty and a game misconduct.
“I got drilled in the head from somebody behind the boards,” Snider explained. “I just dropped my gloves and was kind of looking for anybody. Paddy came out of his net and was looking for it. I don’t think that was pre-meditated at all. That left them with one goalie. Credit to Matt Roik, he played really well.”
Sanderson got the Rock on the board at 6:22 of the first and then set up Billings for a power-play goal to tie up the contest at 2-2. Evans and Leblanc traded goals before Thenhaus and Billings scored early in the second quarter to give the Rock a 5-3 lead. That prompted Calgary coach Dave Pym to replace Poulin in goal with Rose.
After Shattler counted two straight goals for the Riggers, Petkoff scored on a breakaway to put Toronto back up 6-5. Harnett then scored his first goal of the season during a power play for the Riggers to knot up the score at 6-6 heading into the halftime intermission.
Ranger and Carey traded goals early in the fourth quarter before Veltman and McFetridge scored to give the ’Necks a 9-7 advantage. Following back-to-back goals by Sanderson, Evans counted his second of the contest for the Riggers. After Hobbins and Carey scored to give Toronto an 11-10 lead, Pym opted to put Poulin back between the pipes.
Dickson scored with 14.8 seconds left in the third quarter and at the 24 second mark of the final frame to give Calgary back the lead in the see-saw affair. Shattler then set up Veltman for a power-play goal at 3:32 of the fourth before Beirnes scored to pull the Rock within a goal.
Toronto called a timeout with 34 seconds left and the move paid off as Billings scored with 10.4 seconds left in regulation to tie up the game at 13-13.
The Roughnecks had one more chance to win the game, but Roik stood his ground to stop a shot off the stick of Veltman to send the game into overtime where Toronto emerged with the victory.
“You’ve got to make mistakes in order to learn and go forward,” Pym said. “It’s unfortunate that they cost you games, but it’s early in the year and we’re going to regroup, we’re going to refocus and we’re going to be better for it.”
The Roughnecks now have a week off to prepare for their next game on Feb. 10 in Everett, Wash., against the Washington Stealth.