Dane Dobbie extended his league lead in goals, scoring four times in Langley to help the Riggers beat the Stealth, 13-8.
LANGLEY, BC - The Calgary Roughnecks scored eight goals in the first half en route to a 13-8 road victory over the Vancouver Stealth Friday evening at the Langley Events Centre.
Calgary built a commanding 6-0 first quarter lead with goals from Daryl Veltman (2), Matthew Dinsdale, Curtis Dickson, Dane Dobbie and Shawn Evans. Dobbie added three goals and four assists to finish the night with a game-leading eight points, while Dickson contributed with another two goals and set up four others for a seven-point effort. Geoff Snider, with one goal and a pair of helpers, and Jeff Shattler, with a single tally, also scored in the win.
Dickson's three goal performance vaulted him into third for the NLL's goal scoring lead with 29. Only Toronto's Stephan LeBlanc and teammate Dane Dobbie have scored more.
He admitted his start to the season wasn't what he hoped for but quickly pointed out that the supporting cast of offensive talent has helped him find his groove again.
“Obviously, I had a slow start there, but I’ve been feeling it as of late and as cliché as it sounds, I’ve been saying it over and over again, playing with the guys I do on offence they make your life a heck of a lot easier," he said after the Roughnecks convincing win over Vancouver. "Guys like (Daryl) Veltman, Dobie, (Jeff) Shattler, (Shawn) Evans, Marty (Dinsdale) out there feeding you the ball; if you get open they’re putting it in your stick so it’s just a matter of putting in the back of the net.”
After being held scoreless through the opening 15 minutes, Lewis Ratcliff and Brett Bucktooth each netted a goal for the Stealth who trailed 8-2 at the half. Vancouver closed the gap through the third and fourth quarters with goals from Rhys Duch (2), Tyler Digby, Jamie Lincoln and Ratcliff, who scored twice to complete the hat trick.
Rigger netminder Mike Poulin turned aside 21 of 23 shots he faced through the first 30 minutes, finishing the game with 45 stops. Matt Roik and Tyler Richards split time in the Vancouver net, making a combined 36 saves in defeat.
Calgary captain Andrew McBride spoke highly of Poulin's performance.
"Not only did he make great saves, he made really timely saves and that’s even more important as a goalie," McBride said. "When teams are going on runs, to be able to halt the tide and make that stop... he stood in there and was big in there for us tonight."