CALGARY ROUGHNECKS (2-5) vs. COLORADO MAMMOTH (4-2)
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. MT
WHERE: Scotiabank Saddledome
TV/RADIO: NLLTV.com, Twitter.com
SEASON SERIES: 0-1
LAST MEETING: Colorado won, 11-7, at the ScotiabankSaddledome on Dec. 29.
The Roughnecks return home after a fantastic road trip to Toronto that saw them earn a 16-8 win on Feb. 3.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Mammoth dropped just their second game of the year, a 13-10 loss to the Saskatchewan Rush on Feb. 2.
Since the last meeting between these two clubs, the Mammoth have dropped two of three contests, all at home in the Loud House. Going back on the road where they are 2-0 this season, they will be looking to get back in the win column.
With the emergence of Christian Del Bianco in net for the Roughnecks and the presence of Dillon Ward between the pipes for Colorado, Saturday could be a frustrating day for the forwards on both clubs.
||Curtis Dickson (17g, 12a)
||Ryan Benesch (18g, 18a)
||Christian Del Bianco (9.66 GAA, .788 sv %)
||Dillon Ward (11.21 GAA, .777 sv%)
|2017/18 Penalty Kill
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH:
CGY – Christian Del Bianco
Since taking over for Frank Scigliano halfway through the Jan. 27 game against the Rush, Del Bianco has been a game-changer for the Roughnecks. In his first start of the 2018 season, the third-year pro held a very talented offence to just eight goals, shutting the Rock out in the fourth quarter. The young netminder should be a big factor heading in this weekend’s divisional match-up.
COL – Jeremy Noble
Even though he didn’t find the back of the net against the Riggers earlier in the season, Noble was a key distributor for the Mammoth, notching six assists in the contest. Having scored at least five points in each of Colorado’s six games this season, Noble will be a player that can — and likely will — do some damage. Keep an eye out for the diminutive forward this Saturday.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
Colorado allows just 11.50 goals per game, so finding a way to score against Ward and their staunch defence will be the biggest factor this weekend. The Riggers are coming off of a great performance against the Rock where they showed an ability to score from the inside and outside against a very talented backend. Can the Roughnecks forwards do it again?