VS. ROCHESTER: This East-West showdown marks the one and only regular season meeting between Calgary and Rochester. Dating back to 2013, Rochester has picked up four wins in five games against the Roughnecks. Of those five regular season contests, a single goal decided four games. Alternate captain Dane Dobbie led Calgary’s attack in their last regular season win over the Knighthawks. The 2014 home victory saw the veteran sniper tally three goals and two assists to eclipse 400 career points.
2016 Regular Season Series Recap
Mar. 5/16 at CGY: ROC 9 CGY 8 (OT) … Dan Dawson scored at 1:16 of overtime, his second goal of the game, to secure the road win for Rochester. The back-and-forth contest included six ties and seven lead changes as the visiting Knighthawks ended a two-game losing streak and the Roughnecks came up short in their third straight overtime contest.
Shots on Goal: CGY 54 ROC 46
Power Plays: CGY 1-4 (25.0%) ROC 1-5 (20.0%)
Regular Season Records
All-Time vs. ROC: 4-7
All-Time at CGY: 3-3
All-Time at ROC: 1-4
Last CGY Win: Feb. 22/14, 11-10 at the Scotiabank Saddledome
Last ROC Win: Mar. 5/16, 9-8 (OT) at the Scotiabank Saddledome
2017 Regular Season Head-to-Head
Power Play Pct.
Penalty Kill Pct.
Points Leader – Series
Points Leader – Season
Curtis Dickson (82)
Kyle Jackson (51)
DEADLINE DEAL: On Monday, the Roughnecks acquired 30-year-old defenceman Creighton Reid from the Buffalo Bandits in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NLL Draft and second-round selection in 2019. The Colorado Mammoth sent the eight-year NLL veteran to Buffalo in an earlier trade deadline day transaction. Reid, a native of Milton, Ontario, has spent time with Colorado and the Toronto Rock, recording 22 goals and 73 points along with 467 loose balls in 122 career games. He has played 11 career playoff games and twice appeared in a championship match-up. In 2011, Reid helped the Rock capture the league title.
FINAL FOUR: Including tonight, the Roughnecks finish the 2017 regular season with a pair of road games and two contests at home. Calgary closed out the final four games of 2016 with a record of 2-2. The two wins came on home turf: 16-12 over Vancouver (Apr. 9) and 18-17 in overtime versus Toronto (Apr. 30).
COACH’S CORNER: Roughnecks assistant general manager and head coach 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.
BRAVER THAN BRAVE: During last weekend’s warm-up, the Roughnecks wore limited edition jerseys in honour of Tracey Kelusky and his ‘Forever A Roughneck’ induction. The throwback design depicts the style of jersey worn during his time in Calgary, featuring Kelusky’s name and no. 17 on the back while the number worn by current roster players is on the sleeves. The jerseys are up for bid at ElevateAuctions.com until Sunday, Apr. 2, at 8:00 p.m. MT. Proceeds will be directed to Kelusky’s charity of choice, The Tucker Williams Braver Than Brave Memorial Fund.
LEADER OF THE PACK: Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson leads the league in goals at 39. Dickson has recorded 298 goals in 116 games over seven seasons with Calgary. Only seven of the 116 contests have seen Dickson held goalless, most recently on Mar. 24 against Saskatchewan when he finished the game with five assists.
SPECIAL TEAMS WATCH: Calgary’s power play ranks fourth in the league at 55.84% while their penalty kill is also fourth-best at 48.68%. Both the Roughnecks and Rochester have allowed a league-low five shorthanded goals. Conversely, Calgary has scored nine shorthanded tallies, three back of New England’s league-high of 12. The Knighthawks and Vancouver have each scored a league-low three shorthanded goals.
WEST VS. EAST: This season, Calgary is 3-6 against teams from the West Division and has a 2-3 mark when playing rivals from the East. The Roughnecks finished the 2016 campaign 3-8 against the West and 5-2 versus the East.
Leading at halftime ……5-2 Outshooting opponent .……4-2
Trailing at halftime …….0-7 Outshot by opponent …..…..1-6
Tied at halftime …….….0-0 Shots are tied ……..…………0-1
ROUGHNECKS MONTH-BY-MONTH: January (3-1), February (0-4), March (2-4).
ROUGHNECKS VS.: (BUF 0-0), (COL 2-1), (GA 1-1), (NE 1-0), (ROC 0-0), (SAS 0-3), (TOR 0-2), (VAN 1-2).
POINT PARADE: Curtis Dickson with 524 career points is closing in on Tracey Kelusky’s mark of 539. The former Roughnecks captain sits fourth in points in franchise history. Alternate captain Dane Dobbie eclipsed 600 career points on Feb. 4 against the Saskatchewan Rush. Dobbie, who has spent his entire 10-year career with the Roughnecks, has 647 points (330g, 317a) in 139 games. He now sits second in the club’s all-time scoring books, 19 points ahead of former Roughnecks star Kaleb Toth. Teammate Jeff Shattler moved to the top of the all-time list with a first-quarter assist in the Jan. 28 contest against the Colorado Mammoth. Shattler, who reached 400 career assists on Mar. 11 in Toronto, now has 672 points in 179 games with Calgary.