News, notes and analysis from the Roughnecks 17-12 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Rock
Toronto, ON. -- It seemed early on the Calgary Roughnecks had solved the puzzle that is Nick Rose.
The Roughnecks tossed 17 shots at the direction of the Toronto Rock goaltender in the first quarter, with five of them finding their way through.
After allowing the sixth Riggers goal of the game just 10 seconds into the second quarter, the former Roughnecks goaltender became a wall in the net.
He shutout Calgary the rest of the first half and allowed only three to squeak through in the third quarter. In the end, he turned away 46 out of 58 shots on way to the 17-12 win.
Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky credited his former netminder for making some key saves.
“He’s a great goaltender, but a lot of times, we were standing around the outside,” he said. “He made some big saves, but our offence, we like to get the middle floor.
“It’s been a common theme with us, when we get down, the guys try to take it in their own hands. I’ve said it from day one it’s not a selfish thing, they are just trying to give the team a spark.”
Rose now leads the league with six wins and 333 saves.
The beautiful aspect about lacrosse games is you can usually go to the game and see something you never seen before. Friday night, it involved The Kissing Bandit. As part of the pre-game ceremony, the Toronto Argos were on the floor to celebrate their 2012 Grey Cup win. Adriano Belli, an Argos defensive lineman, came out with a beer and emptied it into the chalice. He shared it with the three other Argo players. After the ceremonial face-off, Belli offered McBride a swig, who rightfully declined. Belli responded by dumping the contents on his head. McBride was surprised, but he had a smile on his face.
The powerplay unit for the Rock was the difference. They were given a lot of chances – 12 in total – and they finished on nine of them.
The bounces didn’t go the Roughnecks way – especially Curtis Dickson. After having his coming out party for the season last week, Superman hit the post at least three times, finishing the night with a stat line of two goals and one assist.
For the second game in a row, Jon Harnett was handed a questionable major penalty. Last week, he was sent to the sin bin for a body check that seemed more like a love tap than anything. This week, he lined up a Rock player who was receiving the ball in the open field. The Rock player missed the pass, Harnett finished his check and was sent to the box for five minutes. Luckily, a few more penalties were called both directions, and the major didn’t end up hurting Calgary.
1. Dane Dobbie – He was going up against Nick Rose, a goaltender he knows well from summer lacrosse, but was able to score five goals along the way. He’s second in the league at 17 goals.
2. Curtis Dickson – He fired 10 shots toward Rose, and at least half made their way past the former Roughnecks ‘tender. Unfortunately, the posts stopped three of them, and he finished the night with a pair of goals.
3. Shawn Evans – Giving it his all to be the spark plug the Roughnecks needed, he ended the night with four assists. Now tied for second in the league with 43 points.
GOAL OF THE GAME
It was late in the game, but defenceman Dan McRae showed some nice skills, flying through the air and putting one past Rose for his second of the season.
HIT OF THE NIGHT
Dickson is known for his goal scoring, high-flying abilities, but he also laid a strong check. Backchecking in the neutral zone, Dickson caught Rock defenceman Sandy Chapman with his head facing the direction. The loose ball was scooped up by the Roughnecks, and a few seconds later, it was in the back of the net courtesy of Dane Dobbie.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
The comment of the night came courtesy of the Calgary Stampeders mascot, Ralph the Dog, giving his two cents on copyright infringement by the Toronto Rock.
Ralph the Dog :
"It was either that or Lanny RT @NLLRoughnecks: Did I just hear correctly that the @TorontoRockLax mascot's name is Iggy?"