News, notes and analysis of the Roughnecks 16-14 loss to the Washington Stealth.
Much was written about the game within the game between the Roughnecks Geoff Snider and the Stealth Bob Snider.
The brothers are top in the NLL in faceoff wins, and for the first time this year, they were going head-to-head.
Once the dust settled on the Roughnecks 16-14 loss, it was clear Bob still has some work to do if he wants to challenge his big brother for the title of faceoff king.
“I’m really proud of how he’s developed in the league,” Geoff said after the game. “When you have the opportunity to go up against the best in the league -- he holds the record for most faceoffs win in a season -- it’s motivating.
“God, as a big brother you never want to lose to your little brother.”
Bob gave Geoff his toughest test of the year, with more than a few draws taking 10 or 12 seconds before someone finally came away with the loose ball. But the numbers show Geoff won 25 draws compared to only seven given to Bobby.
Experience is on Geoff’s side, he said, especially with the longer faceoff draws.
““I’ve been there before,” he said. “I don’t know how much he’s been there before. Those are the ones that you have to be patient. You got to commit and you have to battle and have to be strong.
“Those are unique situations where you are head to head and everyone is around you just waiting and the spotlight is on the two of us scrapping it out. He makes it very tough on you. I was just trying to do the same, making it tough on him.”
Geoff also scored the game-tying goal and led both teams with 15 loose balls, but it was Bob who left with the victory.
A couple of key milestones occurred during the Roughnecks loss.
The first one came when Andrew McBride stepped onto the floor. It was his 160th game in the Roughnecks uniform and he is now tied with Kaleb Toth for most games played in franchise history. As ironic as it is, it’s likely that McBride will break Toth’s record next weekend on Kaleb Toth Night. Only two players have played more games in NLL history with a single franchise, and that’s Blaine Manning with the Toronto Rock and John Tavares with the Buffalo Bandits.
The second milestone came later on in the game when Shawn Evans picked up his fourth point on the night when he assisted on a goal by Jeff Shattler. It signified Evans’ 500th point of his career, and he now has 59 points on the season. It’s good enough for first in the NLL, and on pace to smash his career high of 79 points.
It took eight games for Matthew Dinsdale to register his first ever NLL point – an assist last weekend against Minnesota – but he added his first career NLL goal against the Stealth. The Stealth suffered an over-and-back call and Dinsdale wisely ran in, picked up the loose ball for the breakaway and sniped his first goal. He's been improving every game and is logging more minutes for head coach Curt Malawsky Rookie Joe Resetarits also scored in the game, the fifth of his season.
1. Geoff Snider – He dominated the faceoff dot and his extra possessions down the stretch were key for the Roughnecks. He also chipped in a goal, and wasn’t forcing the ball on the offensive side, something he has been prone to do in the past.
2. Jeff Shattler – All of his goals came against a cold Nick Patterson, but it was what the Roughnecks needed. His hat trick helped jumpstart the team to an eight-goal fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
3. Shawn Evans – The NLL’s leading scorer was at it again on Saturday night, scoring five points to extend his lead.
STAT OF THE GAME
27: shots in the fourth quarter. With the Roughnecks down and knowing they needed some goals quickly, they tossed everything and the kitchen sink at the Stealth net. The 27 shots was more than what Washington had in either half.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Karen Blackwood (@kaylblackwood)
“Listening to the @NHLFlames game, watching the @WHLHitmen and trying to keep up with the @NLLRoughnecks game.#dedication”
It was a busy night for Calgary sports fans.