-- The Calgary Roughnecks management preach that they have no problem putting either of their goaltenders between the pipes.
Starter Mike Poulin is the reigning NLL Goaltender of the Year, but backup Frankie Scigliano has shown he can more than hold his own in his second season in Calgary.
But after a sub-par performance in the first half against the Edmonton Rush, it was the faith from the Roughnecks bench boss that changed the course of the game for Poulin.
“It started late in the second with the trust of Malawsky to stick with me,” Poulin said. “As a goalie, a lot of it’s between the ears. We have such a capable squad and a second goalie in Frankie, I know that trust from Curt Malawsky in keeping me in there turns things around.
“When a lot of guys were starting to think ‘is he pulling me?’ Curt told me I’m his guy and it really builds my confidence to know that you were finishing this thing to the end so you better make the most of it.”
After allowing 12 goals in the first 35 minutes, Poulin showed that when he is on his game, there are very few better in the league.
For the next 20 minutes, when the Roughnecks were building the eventual game-winning lead, the Poulin Wall was up on the end.
He didn’t allow a single ball to cross the line, including three straight man advantages for the Rush.
In total, he faced 60 shots in the 18-15 win, turning away 45 of them. His goals against average may increase after the game, but the win pushes the Roughnecks to 3-2 and first place in the West Division.
He tossed in three assists to help his own cause.
His temper may get the better of him sometime, but Geoff Snider can be the game-changer every single time on the floor. In the faceoff dots, only his brother Bobby can give him a fight, and the extra possessions change how often the Roughnecks touch the ball. Tonight, he won 28 out of 38 in the draw and added a hat trick for good measure.
After watching last game from the press box, rookie Joe Resetarits continues to impress when called upon. He sniped the second goal of the game early with a beautiful submarine shot and added two assists down the stretch.
Jeff Shattler put up one of the quietest eight-point games ever. He scored twice, it wasn’t until you looked at the scoresheet did you realize he assisted on six other goals. Last time he was playing like this, he won the NLL MVP in 2011.
1. Mike Poulin: He was not happy with his performance, but at the time of need, he seems to step up his game and tonight was no different.
2. Jeff Shattler: A sparkplug on the offensive side, he seemed to put up his eight points with ease.
3. Scott Ranger: Another great game from the veteran, and his two goals on the powerplay gave the Roughnecks a lead they would not relinquish.
GOAL OF THE GAME:
It seemed like a missed opportunity from the Roughnecks initially. Poulin overthrew Dane Dobbie in transition near the Rush crease. However, Dobbie read the bounce off the wall perfectly, out positioning goaltender Brodie MacDonald and the Rush defender, scooping up the loose ball and tossing it into the gaping cage.
TWEET OF THE GAME:
From a Roughnecks fan: @FayeTheRockstar
“Just got the sushi joint I’m at to change the channel so I can watch @NLLRoughnecks #thatshowiroll”
We approve of her style.
The Roughnecks fielded a full roster on Saturday night, with Curtis Manning making his return to the team after missing last weekend due to school commitments.