VS ROCHESTER: Today marks the first and only regular season meeting between the Roughnecks and Knighthawks. Last season the two clubs met twice with Rochester taking both contests by a combined 25-18. Former Roughneck Shawn Evans led Calgary with 13 points (6g, 7a) in the two-game series against Rochester while Joe Walters topped the Knighthawks with four goals and six assists against the Roughnecks.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: 2016 REGULAR SEASON
Category Roughnecks (3-6) Knighthawks (3-4)
Home Record 2-3 2-2
Away Record 1-3 1-2
Goals For 97 77
Goals Against 110 84
Power Play Pct. 50.00 50.00
Penalty Kill Pct. 50.00 42.50
Faceoffs Won-Taken 104-247 (42.1%) 90-189 (47.6%)
Loose Balls 588 537
Points Leader – Series — —
Points Leader – Season Dickson (48) Jamieson (42)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: 2015 REGULAR SEASON
Category Roughnecks (7-11) Knighthawks (12-6)
Home Record 4-5 7-2
Away Record 3-6 5-4
Goals For 212 205
Goals Against 217 173
Power Play Pct. 55.29 50.68
Penalty Kill Pct. 64.36 56.16
Faceoffs Won-Taken 302-495 (61.0%) 219-451 (48.6%)
Loose Balls 1,066 1,116
Points Leader – Series Evans (13) Walters (10)
Points Leader – Season Evans (130) Jamieson (92)
2015 SERIES RECAP
• Feb. 28/15 at ROC: ROC 12 CGY 11 … Curtis Dickson scored three consecutive fourth-quarter goals to even the contest before Cody Jamieson scored the game winner, his third of the night, with less than four minutes remaining in regulation.
• Mar. 14/15 at CGY: ROC 13 CGY 7 … The Knighthawks, led by Jordan Hall’s hat-trick, scored nine goals in the second half and only allowed three.
INSIDE THE 2015 SERIES
• Shots on Goal: CGY 105 ROC 82
• Power Plays: CGY 3-7 (42.9%) ROC 2-7 (28.6%)
REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
• All-Time: 4-6
• All-Time in CGY: 3-2
• All-Time in ROC: 1-4
• Last CGY Win: Feb. 22/14, 11-10 at the Scotiabank Saddledome
• Last ROC Win: Mar. 14/15, 13-7 at the Scotiabank Saddledome
FORMER CLUBS: The Roughnecks used their sixth overall selection in the 2012 NLL Draft to take Joe Resetarits. The righty forward, now in his second season with Rochester, recorded eight goals and 16 assists along with 24 loose balls in 14 games during his rookie campaign with Calgary. Former Knighthawk defender Tyler Burton, signed to Calgary’s practice roster on Feb. 19, was activated last weekend against the Saskatchewan Rush and scored his first goal as a member of the ’Necks in a 12-11 overtime loss. Burton spent parts of four seasons with Rochester (2011-14) where he earned two Champion’s Cups in 2012 and 2013.
CREASE CONNECTION: Last weekend goaltender Mike Poulin registered his first start since Mar. 14, 2015, where he logged just over 46 minutes between the pipes against the Knighthawks. Frankie Scigliano stepped in in the final quarter as the pair combined for 28 saves in a 13-7 home loss to Rochester.
Leading entering second half.….. 1-3 Outshooting opponent.….. 1-1
Trailing entering second half.….. 2-1 Outshot……………………. 2-5
Tied entering second half………. 0-2 Shots are tied…………….. 0-0
MID-WAY POINT: The Roughnecks now begin the second half of their 18-game regular season following a 3-6 record through the opening nine games. Last season Calgary was 2-7 after nine games played. In 2014, when the NLL expanded from 16 to 18 regular season games, the Roughnecks were 6-3 through the first half of the campaign.
DID YOU KNOW?: Roughnecks bench boss Curt Malawsky began his NLL playing career in Rochester in 1998. He spent six of his 12 playing seasons with the Knighthawks before joining Calgary’s coaching staff in the summer of 2009.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Calgary and Rochester’s power play units are tied for fifth in the NLL at 50.0% with the Roughnecks netting the second-most power play goals at 24 while the Knighthawks have scored 15. Calgary’s penalty kill is fourth in the league at 50.0% with the Roughnecks conceding the second-most power play markers at 25 while the Knighthawks’ seventh-ranked penalty kill (42.5%) has allowed 23 goals.
ROUGHNECKS VS: (BUF 0-1), (COL 0-1), (GA 1-0), (NE 1-0), (ROC 0-0), (SAS 0-3), (TOR 0-0), (VAN 1-1)
GOLDEN BOND: Last fall Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson suited up for Team Canada in the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Four members of the Knighthawks joined Dickson on the gold medal-winning squad in goaltender Matt Vinc, forward Dan Dawson and defenders Scott Campbell and Paul Dawson.
TOP 10: Curtis Dickson’s team-leading 25 goals place him tied for third among all players and his 48 points sit sixth. Of his 25 goals, seven have come on the power play (tied for fifth among all players) while his three shorthanded markers are tied for the league lead. Greg Harnett’s two game-winning goals lead all defencemen and place him tied for second among all players. Dan MacRae has a team-leading 15 caused turnovers, ranked fifth among all league defencemen. His nine points (3g, 6a) on the season are tied for fifth among all defenders. Mike Poulin sits third among all goaltenders with a 10.92 goals-against average while fellow netminder Frankie Scigliano’s 12.58 goals-against average ranks eighth.
FORMER CLUBS: In 2012, the Roughnecks used the sixth overall selection in the draft to take Joe Resetarits from Brampton, ON. The righty forward played 14 games in his first season with the Necks, recording eight goals and 16 assists to go along with 24 loose balls. Prior to the 2013 draft, Calgary traded Resetarits to the Buffalo Bandits for draft picks. In 2015, he was traded once again, this time to the Knighthawks. In Calgary, they recently signed defenceman Tyler Burton to the practice roster, but he was activated for last weekend’s game against the Rush – where he scored his first goal with the Necks. Burton played the first four seasons of his career with Rochester, where he won three Champion’s Cups. Now, these two players will face their former teams in what will be an exciting match-up.
CHAMPION’S CUP MEMORIES: In 2014, the Knighthawks and Roughnecks met in the Champion’s Cup, with Game 1 taking place at Scotiabank Saddledome. Behind a raucous crowd, the Roughnecks took an early lead and then put the nails in the coffin late in the game, winning 10-7. Game 2 would take the teams to the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. The teams were separated by a goal entering the fourth quarter, but a six goal outburst by the Knighthawks offence put them ahead for good. With the series tied 1-1, they would require a tie-breaker mini-game. In the mini-game, Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson put the Roughnecks ahead early. However, the tides turned as the Knighthawks scored three straight goals to clinch the Champion’s Cup.
2 – Peter McFetridge is two loose balls from 250
3 – Dan MacRae is three caused turnovers from 100
3 – Dane Dobbie is three shots from 1500
5 – Wesley Berg is five LB shy of 50
5 – Tyler Digby is five games away from 50
5 – Jeff Shattler is five caused turnovers off of 50
5 – Mike Poulin is five saves from 3000
5 – Curtis Manning is five points shy of 50
5 – Karsen Leung is five assists shy of 50
6 – Jon Harnett is six loose balls away from 450
6 – Karsen Leung is six games away from 50
6 – Peter McFetridge is six caused turnovers away from 50
6 – Jeff Shattler is six PPG away from 50
7 – Curtis Dickson is seven PPA shy of 50
7 – Curtis Dickson is seven games away from 100
7 – Curtis Manning is seven LB from 400
7 – Tyler Burton is seven caused turnovers to 50
8 – Greg Harnett is eight caused turnover away from 50
8 – Curtis Dickson is eight caused turnovers from 50
8 – Dane Dobbie is eight PPG away from 100
10 – Dan MacRae is 10 assists shy of 50