VS. COLORADO: Tonight marks the first of three regular season meetings between the Roughnecks and Mammoth. The two clubs last met in the 2016 playoffs where Calgary edged Colorado 11-10 in overtime of the West Division semi-final. Dane Dobbie scored the game winner at 10:17 of the extra frame, ending the longest playoff game in NLL history. Curtis Dickson forced overtime with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation, netting his fifth goal of the night. Mike Poulin finished the game with 56 saves for Calgary. Next meeting: Sat., Jan. 28 at Calgary (Scotiabank Saddledome).
2016 Regular Season Series Recap
Calgary and Colorado met three times during the 2016 regular season, with the Mammoth picking up two wins in the series including an overtime victory. Curtis Dickson (eight goals, 10 assists) led Calgary with 18 points against the Mammoth while Callum Crawford (six goals, 14 assists) topped Colorado with 20 points in the series.
Feb. 13/16 at CGY: COL 13 CGY 8 … The Mammoth stretched a 7-5 third quarter lead to a 13-8 win.
Mar. 19/16 at CGY: CGY 13 COL 9 … Mike Poulin made 48 saves in the victory.
Mar. 26/16 at COL: COL 13 CGY 12 (OT) … John Grant Jr. scored at 1:56 of overtime, his fourth goal of the game.
Shots on Goal: CGY 156 COL 160
Power Plays: CGY 5-9 (55.6%) COL 5-8 (62.5%)
All-Time Regular Season Records
All-Time in CGY: 11-10
All-Time in COL: 6-11
Last CGY Win: Mar. 19/16, 13-9 at the Scotiabank Saddledome
Last COL Win: Mar. 6/16, 13-12 OT at Pepsi Center
Did You Know
Since 2012, the Roughnecks and Mammoth have seen eight of their 14 regular season games go to overtime. Colorado holds the advantage during this span, winning seven of the eight extra-frame contests. Mammoth star John Grant Jr. has scored four of the seven overtime winners.
2017 Regular Season Head-to-Head
Power Play Pct.
Penalty Kill Pct.
Points Leader – Series
Points Leader – Season
Curtis Dickson (12)
Callum Crawford (19)
MILESTONE MEMORIES: Roughnecks forward Tyler Digby recorded his 200th career point last Saturday against Vancouver while goaltender Frank Scigliano eclipsed 1,000 career saves in the same contest. Digby is in his second season with the Riggers following a trade with New England in October 2015. Scigliano, playing in his sixth season in Calgary, was drafted by the Roughnecks in second round, 18th overall, in 2011.
SOCK-TRICK CELLY: Roughnecks sniper Curtis Dickson recorded a sock-trick in last Saturday’s 14-10 victory over Vancouver. He has tallied six or more goals in a single game on five previous occasions, most recently matching a single-game best when he scored seven goals on Feb. 21, 2015, in a 16-13 win against Vancouver.
300 CLUB: Roughnecks forward Dane Dobbie sits just one goal back of 300 career markers. Entering the 2017 NLL campaign, just 24 players in league history have eclipsed the 300-goal plateau including retired players and former Roughnecks stars Josh Sanderson (449), Lewis Ratcliff (440), Tracey Kelusky (383) and Kaleb Toth (315). Dobbie will become the first player in franchise history to score all 300 goals as a member of the Roughnecks.
Leading entering second half.….. 1-0 Outshooting opponent.….. 1-0
Trailing entering second half.…… 0-1 Outshot………………………0-1
Tied entering second half……..… 0-0 Shots are tied………………0-0
ROUGHNECKS MONTH BY MONTH: January (1-1).
DIVISIONAL DIET: Tonight marks the third of five West Division contests for the Roughnecks. During this span, Calgary will see a rematch with Colorado (Jan. 28) and face Saskatchewan on Feb. 4. Last season, the Roughnecks finished 3-8 against West Division opponents.
ROUGHNECKS VS: (BUF 0-0), (COL 0-0), (GA 0-0), (NE 0-0), (ROC 0-0), (SAS 0-0), (TOR 0-0), (VAN 1-1).
TEAM ALBERTA: Roughnecks alternate captain Dane Dobbie and video coach Shawn Cable will be experiencing local lacrosse action with the Alberta Lacrosse Association this year. Dobbie, who is playing in his 10th NLL season with the ’Necks, has been named head coach of Team Alberta’s Midget Boys Box squad while Cable will lead Team Alberta’s Peewee Boys Box team. Cable, who helped develop the Team Alberta program in 2004, last coached the midget boys group in 2012. For Dobbie, this season marks his first campaign with Team Alberta.
UD ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME: During the off-season Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson was inducted into the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame. Dickson, one of 13 members of the Class of 2016, played with the Blue Hens from 2007-10 and was the team’s leading scorer during his final three seasons and set school records for career goals (162) and consecutive games scoring both a goal (30) and point (57).
WELCOME WILLIAMS: On Sept. 22, the Roughnecks hired Rob Williams as an assistant coach, replacing Bruce Codd who is now an assistant coach with the Toronto Rock. Williams brings 11 years of coaching experience to the Roughnecks as both a head coach (2016) and an assistant coach (2006-15) of the Maple Ridge Burrards of the Western Lacrosse Association. Under his guidance, the Burrards captured the club’s first-ever WLA championship and advanced to the 2016 Mann Cup. Last August, Williams was named the WLA’s Coach of the Year.
FOREVER TK: Former captain Tracey Kelusky will be honoured for the contributions he has made to the organization as a player and person on Sunday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m., when a “Forever A Roughneck” banner will be hoisted for permanent display at the ’Dome. Kelusky will become the second Roughnecks alumnus to receive this distinction following the inaugural induction of Kaleb Toth in 2013. Kelusky wore the ‘C’ during his entire eight-season tenure in Calgary (2003-10) and played an integral role in helping the Roughnecks twice capture a league championship (2004 and 2009). Last September, Kelusky was part of a trio of inductees who joined an elite class of lacrosse greats in the NLL Hall of Fame.
TRADE WINDS: Sept. 20 – Acquired 27-year-old forward Riley Loewen from the Saskatchewan Rush in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2017 NLL Draft; Nov. 15 – Traded 23-year-old forward Reilly O’Connor to the New England Black Wolves in exchange for a second-round selection in 2017 NLL Draft.
HOW THE 2017 ROUGHNECKS WERE BUILT (20):
NLL Draft (12): Bell, Berg, Cattoni*, Cummings*, Del Bianco, Dickson, Dobbie, Greg Harnett, MacRae, Manning, McIntosh, Scigliano
Trade (4): Digby, Jon Harnett, Loewen, Shattler
Free Agent (4): Burton, Mike Carnegie, Scott Carnegie, Snider