The 'Necks ran their winning streak to four games with a 15-10 road triumph.
The Calgary Roughnecks ran their winning streak to four games with a 15-10 road triumph over the Minnesota Swarm on Friday.
Calgary built up a 10-7 lead mid way through the third quarter before Minnesota rallied to tie the game heading into the final frame. The Riggers then erupted for five straight goals in the fourth quarter to disappoint the crowd of 8,510 fans at the Xcel Energy Centre in St. Paul, MN.
“Just another game where I think I got about a half a head of grey hair,” said Calgary bench boss Dave Pym.
Jeff Shattler had a hat trick to go with three helpers to lead the Roughnecks (9-3) to victory and into a tie with the Colorado Mammoth for top spot in the National Lacrosse League.
The Roughnecks went 3-for-9 with the man advantage, while holding the Swarm to just two goals on 12 power-play opportunities.
“Fortunately our short man I thought played outstanding,” Pym said. “Scott Carnegie and Mike Kilby I thought were brilliant for us on the back end and anchored us tonight to the win.”
Geoff Snider also had a hat trick to go with two helpers, while he won all 28 faceoffs that he took in addition to scooping up 28 loose balls.
“All in all it was just an awesome team effort,” Snider said. “We’re just very well coached and we’ve got a really tight group.”
Curtis Dickson scored three times and added an assist to reach the 100-point mark in his NLL career, while Shawn Evans had a goal and three helpers.
Scott Ranger (1g, 2a), Daryl Veltman (1g, 2a), Cory Conway (1g, 2a), Dane Dobbie (1g, 1a), Travis Cornwall (1g, 1a), Scott Carnegie (2a) and Peter McFetridge (2a) also had multiple-point performances.
“You see how deep our team is and I think it’s just a testament to how tight our locker room is,” Snider said. “Guys share the ball and guys want to see other guys have success. It’s pretty exciting when you can get everybody involved.”
Mike Poulin stopped 39-of-49 shots he faced in the Calgary net to pick up the win.
The Roughnecks will now try to make it five in a row on Saturday night (7 p.m.) back at home when they host the Washington Stealth (4-8) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Riggers have already recorded two wins this season, both on the road, over the Stealth.
“They’re there all rested waiting for us, so advantage to them coming out off the hop,” said Pym, who noted that his players will do their best to get recharged for their second game in two nights. “They all know what it’s about in terms of playing back-to-backs. I think it’s a myth to say that it’s a disadvantage. We look at it as a positive. It’s another opportunity to get right back on the floor and play a game.”
Joel Henry and Jordan MacIntosh had two goals and an assist each for the Swarm (5-6), which has lost three straight games since beating the Riggers 15-11 in Calgary on March 3. Corbyn Tao also had two goals for Minnesota, while Kevin Ross scored once and set up four others. Tyler Hass, Andrew Watt and David Earl also scored, while Callum Crawford had four assists.
Minnesota goalie Evan Kirk made 38 saves in a losing cause.
Henry opened the scoring for the Swarm at 5:58 of the first period before Ross scored a short time later to give Minnesota an early 2-0 lead.
It took the Riggers until just after the six-minute mark to get their first shot of the game, but after that they started pouring on the pressure as Dickson, Dobbie, Shattler and Snider scored in succession to put Calgary up 4-2.
Tao then counted back-to-back goals for the Swarm before Dickson scored late in the first quarter and early in the second to put the ’Necks back up by a pair.
After MacIntosh scored to pull the Swarm within a goal, Shattler and Cornwall responded for the Riggers. Watt then scored for Minnesota before Snider netted his second of the game to put the Riggers up 9-6 through two quarters.
MacIntosh continued his impressive rookie season as he notched his second goal of the game during a Minnesota man advantage to open the scoring in the second half.
Shattler then completed his hat trick when he took a pass from Cornwall and underhanded a quick shot through Kirk’s legs.
The Swarm then rallied for three straight goals by Henry, Hass and Earl to tie up the contest at 10-10 after the third quarter.
“They score goals in bunches and they’re very, very well coached and athletic,” Snider said. “When they get on a run and they get some momentum, they can find the back of the net.”
The Roughnecks regained the upper hand in the fourth quarter as Ranger scored on a delayed penalty before Veltman counted a power-play goal. After Evans notched a short-handed marker, Snider scored into an empty net before Conway added another goal with 17 seconds left on the clock.
“It’s a credit to our offence,” Snider said. “We probably went 10 minutes or so without a goal and then all of a sudden we pumped it on late and we held the line defensively.”