VS GEORGIA: Tonight marks the first of two regular season meetings between Calgary and Georgia. The Roughnecks swept the 2016 regular season series against the Swarm by a combined score of 28-23. Curtis Dickson powered Calgary’s scoring attack with 10 goals and seven assists in the two-game set. His 17 points included an 11-point outing in Georgia on Mar. 25, 2016, matching a single-game best set in 2015. Randy Staats topped the Swarm with 10 points (3g, 7a) in the 2016 series. Next meeting: Friday, Mar. 17 at Georgia (Infinite Energy Arena).
2016 Regular Season Series Recap
Feb. 6/16 at CGY: CGY 12 GA 11 … Greg Harnett scored the game winner with under three minutes remaining in regulation.
Mar. 25/16 at GA: CGY 16 GA 12 … The Roughnecks, who trailed 11-10 after 45 minutes of play, scored six fourth-quarter goals to seal the victory.
Shots on Goal: CGY 95 GA 101
Power Plays: CGY 6-12 (50.0%) GA 4-9 (44.4%)
All-Time Regular Season Records
All-Time vs GA: 13-5
All-Time at CGY: 7-3
All-Time at GA: 6-2
Last CGY Win: Mar.25/16, 16-12 at Infinite Energy Arena
Last GA Win: Mar. 3/12, 15-11 at the Scotiabank Saddledome
2017 Regular Season Head-to-Head
Power Play Pct.
Penalty Kill Pct.
Points Leader – Series
Points Leader – Season
Curtis Dickson (51)
Lyle Thompson (59)
FAMILIAR FACE: Goaltender Mike Poulin, who spent parts of seven seasons with the Roughnecks from 2010-16, returns to Calgary for the first time this evening after he signed with the Georgia Swarm in the off-season. Calgary acquired Poulin from the Boston Blazers in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2011 NLL Draft. He earned a 52-31 record with the Riggers and was named NLL Goaltender of the Year in 2012.
MID-WAY MARK: Calgary is 3-6 at the halfway point of their 2017 NLL regular season. During the 2016 campaign, the Roughnecks were also 3-6 after their first nine games. Calgary then went 5-4 in the second half of last year to finish 2016 with an 8-10 record.
LEADER OF THE PACK: Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson leads the league in goals at 27. Dickson has recorded 286 goals over 111 games in seven seasons with Calgary. Only six of the 111 contests have seen Dickson held goalless, most recently on Feb. 25 against Saskatchewan when he finished the game with three assists.
SPECIAL TEAMS WATCH: Calgary’s penalty kill is second-best in the league at 50%. Conversely, the Roughnecks’ power play ranks sixth at 54.55%. Of Calgary’s 24 power play goals scored this season, Dane Dobbie leads the team with seven (tied for fourth overall in the league) followed by Wesley Berg with six (tied for eighth overall in the league). Dobbie’s single-season best is 15 power play goals, last achieved in 2015. Berg recorded nine extra-attacker goals during his 2016 rookie campaign.
WEST VS EAST: This season, Calgary is 3-5 against teams from the West Division and has a 0-1 mark when playing rivals from the East. The Roughnecks finished the 2016 NLL campaign 3-8 against the West and 5-2 versus the East.
Leading at halftime ……3-2 Outshooting opponent .……2-2
Trailing at halftime …….0-4 Outshot by opponent ……….1-3
Tied at halftime …….….0-0 Shots are tied ……..………..0-1
ROUGHNECKS MONTH BY MONTH: January (3-1), February (0-4), March (0-1).
ROUGHNECKS VS: (BUF 0-0), (COL 2-1), (GA 0-0), (NE 0-0), (ROC 0-0), (SAS 0-2), (TOR 0-1), (VAN 1-2).
TRADE WINDS: Feb. 22/17 – Acquired 25-year-old defender Mitch Wilde and a conditional second-round pick in the 2017, 2018 or 2019 NLL Draft from the Buffalo Bandits in exchange for 2017 and 2018 second-round selections; Nov. 15/16 – 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; Sept. 20/16 – Acquired 27-year-old forward Riley Loewen from the Saskatchewan Rush in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2017 NLL Draft.