CALGARY, AB — The Calgary Roughnecks were at home for Week 15 of the NLL season, taking on Rhys Duch and the Vancouver Stealth. The Roughnecks had a slow start, falling behind 3-1 in the first quarter, but rebounded in the second quarter with seven goals and would hold the lead from that point forward.
Here are five things we noticed in the game:
1) DEFENSIVE SCORING
The Roughnecks beat the Stealth by four goals on Saturday and the biggest difference in the game was the transition scoring from the Riggers. Five different Calgary defencemen or transition players recorded goals against the Stealth, while two others added assists. Jon Harnett opened the scoring after receiving a nice pass from Scott Carnegie in transition.
Later, on a two-on-one, Curtis Manning took a pass from Tyson Bell and sniped it past the netminder to extend the Roughnecks lead.
Near the end of the third quarter, Scott Carnegie ran the floor in transition, stepped into the slot and bounced a goal five-hole. That goal would be the game winner. Under a minute later, Garrett McIntosh ripped a shot low glove side for a goal, his third in the last three games.
Finally, the Roughnecks’ last goal of the game came off of the stick of assistant captain Greg Harnett, who used a spin move and a variety of dekes before beating the goalie.
2) ON THE DRAW
After a lousy outing in Saskatchewan, where he won only seven of 23 face-offs, Tyler Burton rebounded well against the Vancouver Stealth, winning 22 of 32 on the draw for 68.75 percent. Burton also contributed two assists and played solid defence for the Roughnecks in the contest. When Calgary began gaining momentum in the middle part of the game, Burton was instrumental in getting the ball back in Roughnecks sticks and getting onto the offensive.
3) THE FORCE
In appreciation of first responders, otherwise known as ‘The Force’, a personal contribution from Roughnecks defenceman and firefighter Scott Carnegie was made to the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society prior to the game. That donation was matched by the Calgary Roughnecks Foundation for a total donation of $1,900. In addition, the game worn Star Wars jerseys are up for auction with all of the proceeds going directly to STARS Air Ambulance.
If you want to help support STARS and take home a piece a Roughnecks history, make your bid here.
4) FRANCHISE LEADER
Superman was exactly that on the weekend, scoring four goals and adding a pair of assists. When Curtis Dickson scored his first goal of the game, his 52nd of the season, it was not only the 250th of his career, but it made him the Roughnecks franchise single-season goal scoring leader. That record was previously held by Dane Dobbie, who scored 51 goals in 2014.
5) DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
On April 2nd, the Riggers big righty Tyler Digby was held without a goal against the Saskatchewan Rush. With 27 goals on the season, it’s not often Digby doesn’t register a goal. With that said, it was understood that the former Stealth forward would badly want to find the scoresheet on Saturday. And that he did. Digby scored two goals, including an incredible behind the back snipe.
If you haven’t seen the goal, check out the video below: