News, notes and analysis from the Roughnecks heartstopping 12-11 win over the Edmonton Rush
When the Roughnecks needed someone to step in the absense of Dane Dobbie, a man who hadn’t played the last few weeks filled in beautifully.
Daryl Veltman, who had been out with a lower-body injury, made his return and put up numbers that are easily described as Dobbie-esque.
By the end of the night, he had five goals and added three helpers to boot, and was a force on the right side.
“He had an incredible game, that’s the best I’ve seen him play in a long time,” said Jeff Shattler, who wasn’t too shabby himself with a goal and six helpers himself. “He wanted to go the net, he wanted to score goals and he played well.
“That was the best game I’ve ever seen him play as a Roughneck, that’s for sure.”
Not only was it the quantity of his goals, it was the timing that was magnificent.
Twice, he scored to bring the Roughnecks within one goal of the Edmonton Rush. And he sniped tying marker with about 90 seconds left to send the game to overtime, where Shawn Evans scored to give the Roughnecks the West Division title.
“It feels awesome,” Veltman said. “With a guy like Dobbie out – the guy is the heart of our offense – everybody on the offense had to step up and add a little bit more.
“I got to owe my success to my teammates. They found me in the right spots and luckily I was able to put them in.”
He admits though, between the three weeks since his last game action and an extended overtime period, he’s pretty tired.
“A couple of weeks off takes the toll on your legs, that’s for sure."
Shawn Evans was the man of the night again. His lone goal of the night was the overtime winner, but he’s all about assists. He had nine helpers in total, which was more than enough to smash the Roughnecks franchise record and secure the NLL scoring lead. He finished his second season in Calgary with 112 points, 12 more than his closest competitor Garrett Billings.
It should come as no surprise to anyone, but Geoff Snider was amazing. He won 24 of 28 draws in the game, including all the key ones down the stretch that game the Roughnecks a few extra possessions. He chipped in the goal that brought Calgary within one late in the fourth quarter.
1. Mike Poulin ~ The man stood on his head this game, allowing two goals in the last 27 minutes.
2. Shawn Evans ~ It’s almost scary to think that he might just be entering his prime. He’ll get major MVP consideration after the season.
3. Daryl Veltman ~ Like Shattler said, we probably just witnessed Veltman’s best game in a Roughnecks uniform.
“They were so calm and cool, there was no panic on the bench. Poulin was making the stops and we were able to pressure out. They still had some good looks, but your goalie is your backbone. We ran everybody. We didn’t cut it down to five or six guys. Everybody that was on the scoresheet for the backend played a lot and they battled hard” – Curt Malawsky regarding his defensive unit in overtime.