Roughnecks score 20 versus the Stealth in 20-9 victory.
For a team that put up 20 goals, the Calgary Roughnecks success could be pinpointed to about three minutes of game action starting late in the first half.
Their opponents, the Vancouver Stealth, had just scored to make it 7-5 when Dane Dobbie made the play of the night.
Off the face-off, he dove for loose ball, swiping it to Shawn Evans who dished it to Jeff Shattler who scored as the Roughnecks regained the 8-5 lead heading into the half.
Then two minutes into the second half, Calgary fired three goals in 27 seconds to take an 11-5 lead.
In a game of runs, Calgary had all the momentum then and used it to carry them to a 20-9 win over the Stealth.
“We had some great individual efforts,” Malawsky said. “Dane Dobbie diving for the loose ball at the end of the half and we were up 8-5. They could have gone into the half down 7-5 with the momentum.”
Shawn Evans added, “It was just one of those things where we had a couple of breaks and ended up putting the ball into the net. It was huge to come out after the half and bury a couple. It was a good momentum swing and we carried it on for the rest of the game.”
It was the most complete game of the season for the Roughnecks in all aspects, with the offense firing a season-high 20 goals, while Mike Poulin allowed in a season-low eight goals before being relieved late in the game.
“We played a hell of a game from defence to offense to goaltending,” Evans said. “With the talent we have on the offense, the ball is going to hit the back of the net and it was great to see tonight.”
Discipline continued to work in the Roughnecks factor, even late when the Stealth were trying to rough up Calgary.
“They handled it exactly how I and the coaching staff told them to handle it,” Malawsky said. “We were up by 11 goals and we’ll decide when it’s time to fight. You’re not going to walk into our rink and pick spots. They’ll be a time and a place where that will need be addressed but tonight wasn’t it.”
The night featured once again why the Roughnecks own one of the top offences in the league with four separate players all achieving at least a hat trick. (Geoff Snider, Shawn Evans, Curtis Dickson and Dane Dobbie)
It was the second straight game with the Roughnecks featuring the strong offensive effort, with Evans crediting the coaching staff.
“We went and had a huge video session and (Malawsky) reemed us all out and told us we were all selfish players. And it’s true,” Evans said. “Since we’ve started moving the ball, we get open looks and are shooting the ball. It was a wake up call for us and we hope to carry it on.”
Evans led the way for the Roughnecks with four goals and eight assists for an incredible 12 points, one off the franchise record. He now has 48 points on the season, and is tied with Garrett Billings of the Toronto Rock for the NLL-lead in points per game.
Dobbie (4g,4a) and Jeff Shattler (2g,6a) both finished with eight points, while Curtis Dickson continued his hot streak with three goals and three helpers.
Snider scored three of his vintage goals, bullrushing to the net before putting them in, and added a pair of assists to go along with an 82% faceoff percentage.
Curtis Manning, Karsen Leung, Daryl Veltman and Matthew Dinsdale rounded out the scoring for the ‘Necks.
Brett Bucktooth (3g,1a), Rhys Duch (4a) and Lewis Ratcliff (2g,2a) led the Stealth with four points, while Tyler Digby, Nick Weiss and Tyler Garrison contributed single markers.
The win moves Calgary above .500 on the season with a 4-3 record, while the Stealth fall to 3-7 and remain in last place in the West Division.
The Stealth jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the first quarter, before the Roughnecks rattled off five straight goals into the second stanza to take a 6-2 lead and would never look back.
The Roughnecks led 8-5 by halftime, and 14-7 by the end of the third quarter.
At that point, they just had to run out the clock and held on for a 20-9 victory.
Mike Poulin stopped 28 of 36 shots for the victory, with Frankie Scigliano making three saves in relief.
Tyler Richards and Matt Roik split time for the Stealth, with both making 18 saves in the loss.
The Roughnecks continue a three-game homestand next weekend when they take on the two-time defending champ Rochester Knighthawks.