By: Riley Pollock – 29.12.23


Welcome back to the Rough House.

The Riggers, after starting the season with two road games, are finally home.

They host Las Vegas Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome (TSN+) (TICKETS).

Calgary looks to avoid going 0-3 for just the second time in franchise history when they welcome the Desert Dogs. It will be 21 days since the Riggers last took the floor, when they fell 12-9 in San Diego on Dec. 9.

Las Vegas comes into this game 1-2 after losing a one-sided, 17-5 decision to Saskatchewan on Dec. 15.

Riggers captain Jesse King enters the tilt second in the league in scoring (14 points) among players with just two games played.

This is the only regular-season matchup between the two squads. The last time they faced off was April 14 of last season when Calgary won 12-7 at home. King led the way with two goals and five assists.


Players To Watch

 Roughnecks: Tyler Pace F: Pace has had back-to-back hat-tricks to start the season, including a four-goal performance last time out. He is second in team points with 11.

Desert Dogs: Rob Hellyer F: Hellyer is in his second season with Las Vegas after spending the first 10 years of his career in Toronto. He leads the team in points with 11 through three games.


 2023-24 Scoring Leaders:


Jesse King – 14 points (2g, 12a)

Tyler Pace – 11 points (7g, 4a)

Tanner Cook – 9 points (1g, 8a)

Haiden Dickson – 6 points (5g, 1a)

Desert Dogs:

Rob Hellyer –11 points (4g, 7a)

Casey Jackson – 10 points (8g, 2a)

Jack Hannah  – 9 points (1g, 8a)


Goaltending 2023-24 Head-to-Head:

Christian Del Bianco: 0-2

GAA: 13.00

SV %: .771


Landon Kells 1-2:

GAA: 12.37

SV %: .758

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