The Calgary Roughnecks picked up where they left off the night before by downing the Washington Stealth 13-11 at home on Saturday.
Scott Ranger had four goals and an assist to lead the Roughnecks (10-3) to their fifth straight victory in front of 8,203 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Riggers also beat the Minnesota Swarm 15-10 on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.
“Personally I had a bit of a bad game last night and I knew it was kind of on me so I wanted to step up and show the boys that I was here for them,” Ranger said. “I was fortunate to do that.”
Calgary coach Dave Pym commended Ranger for his clutch performance against the Stealth.
“He thought he wasn’t very good last night and to rebound and do what he did tonight shows the kind of professional that he is in wanting to be a special player and he definitely is for us,” Pym said. “He scored goals in the greasy areas. Taking it to the cage and finishing the way he did, you can’t say enough about the guy. He’s an incredible character guy.”
Dane Dobbie had three goals and four assists to help the Roughnecks move into a tie for top spot in the National Lacrosse League with the Colorado Mammoth, who beat the Rochester Knighthawks 16-12 earlier in the day. The win also helped the Riggers clinch home-field advantage for at least the first round of the NLL playoffs.
“I think the guys have really learned to play with poise and patience and composure,” Pym said. “When the chips are down some of our guys made some really big plays.”
Jeff Shattler recorded his second straight hat trick to go with an assist, Shawn Evans chipped in with a goal and two assists, while Curtis Dickson and Peter McFetridge each scored once. Daryl Veltman set up six goals, while Cory Conway had four assists.
Mike Poulin made 42 saves in the Calgary net to improve his record this season to 9-3.
“I can’t ask for more as a goaltender,” Poulin said. “Our defence has been outstanding. As a goalie, I’m just proud to be a part of this unit.”
Athan Iannucci led the Stealth attack with four goals and one assist, while Dean Hill scored twice and set up another. Rhys Duch had a goal and three assists, while Martin Cummings, Matt Beers, Brett Bucktooth and Kyle Ross also scored for Washington.
Stealth goalie Tyler Richards stopped 48-of-60 shots he faced in a losing cause.
Ranger scored power-play goals 28 seconds apart early in the game as the Roughnecks built up a 5-0 lead through one quarter.
“It was nice to get those early ones,” Ranger said. “Your confidence escalates really quick.”
Dobbie also scored twice in the opening frame for the Roughnecks, whose first four goals of the game were scored during man-advantage situations.
Duch scored for Washington at 4:23 of the second quarter before Shattler took a over the shoulder pass from Dobbie and fired a quick stick goal past Richards to put Calgary up 6-1.
Iannucci then netted goals 25 seconds apart late in the middle frame to pull the Stealth within three.
Shattler and Ranger both scored twice for the Roughnecks in the third quarter, while Hill (2g), Beers and Ross replied for the Stealth.
After Bucktooth scored for Washington at 4:52 of the fourth quarter, Iannucci notched his hat-trick goal 43 seconds later to pull the Stealth within a strike.
Dickson and Iannucci then traded goals before Dobbie notched the eventual game winner with 2:40 remaining in regulation.
“Conway threaded it in there,” Dobbie said. “It was a great pass. I was covered and he threaded it in there. Curt Malawsky drew it up for us. It was planned. We’ve been practising it all year. We finally executed it and it was a good goal.”
McFetridge added an empty-net goal for Calgary before Cummings tallied a late marker for Washington.
Next up, the Roughnecks will play their final home game of the regular season on Good Friday (April 6) when they host the Knighthawks. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.