For the second straight game, Jeff Shattler scored four goals.
Only this time it felt much better.
A week after notching four goals and adding two assists during Calgary’s season-opening 16-11 setback to the Rock in Toronto, Shattler bulged the twine four times and added a helper as the Roughnecks (1-1) ran to a 13-11 win over the Colorado Mammoth (1-2) during their home opener in front of 11,232 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“It doesn’t matter how many points you get really,” said Shattler, who was named the game’s second star. “It is good for your self-confidence, but to get a W out of it I think that’s a lot better feeling for yourself for sure.”
Calgary coach Curt Malawsky praised Shattler for his offensive production so far in the early going this season.
“Shattler plays with a lot of heart,” Malawsky said. “We talk about the character guys in this group and we’re slowly getting that together. He’s a fierce competitor. He took a lot of crap out there and battled through and ended up getting some big goals for us. He was real big in Toronto. He’s been one of our top offensive players.”
Dane Dobbie also had four goals to go with two assists, while Geoff Snider notched a hat trick and set up another.
“The points aren’t the big deal right now,” said Dobbie, who earned first-star accolades following the victory. “It’s just getting the win. Tonight was my night and Shattler’s. Next week it could be (Curtis) Dickson. Dickson could go off for seven. Velts (Daryl Veltman) could go off for three. We’ve got a well-rounded offence.”
Following last week’s loss, Dobbie said all the players responded with a much better effort against the Mammoth.
“It was a good win for the team,” Dobbie said. “The message was just stick with it. We knew our compete level was better than last week.”
In just his second National Lacrosse League game, Karsen Leung notched his first goal and added two assists, while fellow Rigger rookie Garrett McIntosh also recorded his first points with three assists.
Reigning NLL MVP Shawn Evans chipped in with a goal and three helpers, while goalie Mike Poulin made 34 saves to record the win and added an assist for good measure.
John Grant Jr. led Colorado with two goals and four assists each, while Sean Pollock (3g, 1a), Drew Westervelt (2g, 3a), Adam Jones (2g, 1a), Joel Dalgarno (1g, 2a) and Jordan McBride (1g, 1a) also had multiple-point performances.
Shattler scored four times in the first half to help the Riggers build up a 9-7 lead.
Colorado jumped out to build up a quick 2-0 advantage on goals by Westervelt and Joel Dalgarno before the ’Necks responded with four straight goals – two by Shattler and one each from Snider and Evans – to take a 4-2 lead early in the second quarter.
The Mammoth responded with three straight goals by Jones, Westervelt and Pollock before the Riggers reeled off five consecutive goals – one by Snider and two each from Dobbie and Shattler – to take a 9-5 lead.
Pollock then notched a short-handed goal for Colorado before Grant also scored for the Mammoth to cut Calgary’s lead to two goals.
Dobbie opened up the second half with a quick goal 39 seconds into the third quarter and then scored another 24 seconds later to put Calgary up 11-7.
After Grant scored his second of the game early in the final frame, Leung converted a feed from McIntosh a short time later.
Pollock then counted a power-play goal for Colorado before Snider scored into an empty net to give Calgary a 13-9 lead.
“What a clutch goal by the kid,” Dobbie said. “He’s going to stick in this league, I tell you. He’s a very smart lacrosse player. All our young kids are really good.”
Jones and McBride added late goals to pull the Mammoth within a pair, but that’s as close as Colorado would get.
Next up, the Roughnecks will head north to Edmonton for a game against the Rush next Friday night before returning to the friendly confines of the ’Dome on Saturday (7 p.m.) when they’ll face off against the Vancouver Stealth.