Dane Dobbie put forth a superhero performance on way to a 19-15 Roughnecks win over the Minnesota Swarm.
On Pete the Plumber Superhero night, Dane Dobbie put in his best effort of the season to help the Calgary Roughnecks snap their two-game losing skid.
Dobbie scored six times and added four assists on Friday to lead the Roughnecks (6-5) to a 19-15 win over the Minnesota Swarm (3-7) in front of 8,622 appreciative fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Teammate Curtis Dickson, who’s known as Superman for the way he often flies through the air while scoring highlight-reel goals, referred to Dobbie’s effort as “heroic.”
“That’s the Dane Dobbie everyone knows and loves,” said Dickson, who finished with two goals and two assists. “He’s capable of doing that night in and night out. That’s just a testament to the player he is. He’s a phenomenal athlete and a phenomenal lacrosse player.”
When asked to come up with a superhero nickname for Dobbie, Dickson responded with ‘Mighty Mouse’, while fellow forward Jeff Shattler decided to go with ‘The Thing’.
“That’s not surprising,” said Dobbie, who thought a better superhero nickname for himself would be ‘The Incredible Hulk’.
One other word to describe Dobbie on the night would be dominant as he scored at least one goal in each quarter en route to the second best offensive showing of his career.
“It had a lot to do with our other offensive players giving me the ball,” said Dobbie, whose career high was set back on March 13, 2009 when he notched seven goals and four assists during a 22-10 win in Edmonton over the Rush. “Once I got hot, they kept giving me the ball. That’s how good our offence is. We move the ball really well. It’s a really good thing.”
Calgary coach Curt Malawsky was pleased to see Dobbie respond with such a strong effort a week after a lacklustre performance during an 18-13 loss at home to the Rush last Saturday.
“Dane Dobbie got called out last week for just standing around and not moving his feet,” Malawsky recalled. “He didn’t complain, he went to the gym three times this week and got himself in better shape than he was last week. He went to the really dirty areas of the floor to contribute. He scored some big goals when they were coming back. He put a couple of nails in their coffin.”
Shattler proved to be a worthy sidekick to Dobbie in their quest to defeat the Swarm as he finished with four goals and two helpers.
“I love playing with Dobbie,” Shattler said. “We’ve played really well together for a number of years. Tonight we finally blew up which was good.”
Shawn Evans also had a spectacular game with a goal and seven assists, while aspiring action stars Joe Resetarits (1g, 3a), Daryl Veltman (1g, 1a), Nolan Heavenor (1g, 1a), Geoff Snider (1g), Peter McFetridge (3a) and Jon Harnett (2a) also had strong games.
“That’s the best thing about our offence,” Dobbie said. “It’s well rounded. It’s good to get back on track especially before a bye week. It’s huge for the team.”
Goalie Mike Poulin made 40 saves to record the victory for Calgary, while Minnesota netminder Evan Kirk stopped 30 of 45 shots he faced in a losing cause. Tyler Carlson also played just over 8-1/2 minutes in the game for the Swarm and finished with just three saves on seven shots.
The Swarm actually led 2-1 and 3-2 in the first quarter before Dickson added a late goal in the opening frame for the Riggers.
The Riggers then reeled off five straight goals – two by Shattler and two by Dobbie – to start the second quarter and take an 8-3 lead. They never trailed after that as they led 12-7 at the half and 16-11 through three quarters before securing the victory with three more goals in the final frame.
“We knew we had a tough Minnesota coming in to play us at home where we haven’t been playing well,” Dickson said. “It was good to obviously play well at home in front of the fans.”
The Roughnecks will now have a bit of a break before their next game at home against the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday, March 23.