The Roughnecks inched closer to a playoff spot with a 15-11 triumph over the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Roughnecks erupted for six goals in the fourth quarter en route to a 15-11 win over the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday.
With the win, the Roughnecks (8-5) firmly entrenched their grip on second spot in the NLL’s East Division and inched closer to a playoff berth.
“We’d like to reward the fans and the organization with a home playoff game, but one step at a time,” said Calgary coach Curt Malawsky. “We’re one step closer.”
Daryl Veltman scored goals 39 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to finish off his hat trick and give the ’Necks a 13-10 lead over the Swarm (3-10). Veltman also had an assist for a four-point performance as the Riggers held on for their second straight win to send the 11,008 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome home happy.
“The first one there, the goalie made the save and luckily it just kind of squeaked out and I was in the right place at the right time and I was able to put it in the empty net,” said Veltman, who then converted a nice feed from Shawn Evans for his hat-trick marker. “I found an open lane and Evy being the great feeder that he is, he feed it right in my stick and I was able to put it in for the third.”
For his efforts, Veltman received the game ball from Malawsky.
“Daryl Veltman’s been our smartest player offensively,” Malawsky said. “No one really knows outside our four walls how valuable Daryl Veltman is. We talk about sharing responsibility, sharing of the floor, sharing the ball – he’s the epitome of it. He’s a special player to have. I don’t think you can quantify his value to our offensive sets. I’m glad tonight we could reward him.”
Veltman was pleased to hear such kind words from his coach after the game.
“It’s definitely good to hear, knowing that you’re putting the work in and you’re getting the acknowledgement for it,” he said.
Jeff Shattler scored twice and set up four others, while Dane Dobbie and Shawn Evans had two goals and two helpers each.
“We came together as a tight unit,” said Shattler, who commended Calgary goalie Mike Poulin for his 37-performance in a winning cause. “We scored a couple key goals and Poulin made some good saves. It was an all-around team effort.”
Curtis Dickson scored once and had three helpers, while Geoff Snider, Dan MacRae, Tor Reinholdt, Karsen Leung and Matthew Dinsdale also scored.
Shayne Jackson paced the Swarm attack with a hat trick and an assist, while Jordan MacIntosh scored twice and set up two others. Callum Crawford had a goal and five assists, while David Earl, Kiel Matisz and Scott Jones also scored.
Starting Minnesota goalie Tyler Carlson made 31 saves, while Zach Higgins stopped six of eight shots he faced in a relief appearance.
The Swarm jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Jones and Gillam before Shattler scored a power-play goal for the Riggers with 1:40 to play before the first intermission. Evans set up Shattler for a nice quick-stick goal to pull the ’Necks within a goal.
Shattler then scored 30 seconds into the second quarter before MacIntosh replied for the Swarm 10 seconds later. The sequential scoring continued as Evans converted a feed from Geoff Snider exactly 10 ticks of the clock after MacIntosh’s goal.
Tor Reinhart gave the Riggers their first lead of the game at 2:24 of the second with a highlight reel goal when he barrelled over Swarm defenceman Jason Noble before firing a shot past Carlson.
The see-saw battle continued as Jackson counted back-to-back goals to put Minnesota up 5-4 before Dobbie replied with a short-handed goal for the Riggers to tie things up with 1:10 to play before halftime.
Veltman and Evans counted early goals for Calgary in the third before the Swarm went on a three-goal run as MacIntosh, Gillam and Earl scored to put Minnesota up 8-7.
Dobbie and Snider then scored goals five seconds apart for Calgary before Matisz replied for Minnesota to make the score 9-9 heading into the final frame.
Dinsdale scored 52 seconds into the fourth quarter before Leung added another for Calgary 17 seconds later. After Crawford scored for Minnesota, Veltman notched the eventual game-winning goal at 2:37 of the final frame before adding an insurance marker 39 seconds later.
Jackson rounded out his hat trick for the Swarm at 6:19 of the fourth, before MacRae and Dickson scored for the Riggers to round out the scoring.
Next up, the Roughnecks will hit the road for a pair of games next weekend against the Philadelphia Wings on Friday and the Buffalo Bandits the next night.
“We’re going to have a real tough road trip next weekend,” Malawsky said. “We have Philly and Buffalo and two tough places to play.”