The Riggers captured their third road win of the season defeating the Stealth 12-11 Friday.
Jeff Shattler scored four times, including the game winner, to lead the Calgary Roughnecks to a 12-11 win over the Washington Stealth on Friday night.
Shattler’s fourth goal of the contest at 12:57 of the fourth quarter was the 100th of his National Lacrosse League career in his sixth season.
“I had no idea,” Shattler said after his milestone moment. “That’s pretty cool. A lot of years playing in this league I guess. It was awesome for sure.”
Calgary coach Dave Pym agreed.
“That’s phenomenal,” Pym said. “I thought Shatts emptied his tank as well as anybody tonight and had a real strong performance.”
The reigning league MVP and Transition Player of the Year also had an assist for a five-point performance as the Roughnecks improved their record to 3-2.
“That was a great win for our team,” Shattler said. “It shows the character on our team and how we could battle.”
In his first NLL appearance in between the pipes, rookie goalie Frankie Scigliano stopped 34 of 39 shots he faced to record the win. Scigliano replaced starting goalie Mike Poulin in the second quarter after Poulin surrendered six goals on 17 shots.
“Feels pretty good to get a win,” said Scigliano, who added he felt more comfortable in net with every shot he faced. “When you see more shots, you really get into the rhythm of the game so the more they peppered me, the more I got into it.”
Shawn Evans counted two goals and added three assists, while Scott Ranger scored once and set up five others. Curtis Dickson scored twice and had an assist, Daryl Veltman also had two goals, while Geoff Snider added a single.
“We showed the kind of character that we have on this team and I thought that we created a bit of an identity for ourselves tonight that every guy can be extremely proud of,” Pym said.
The Roughnecks fired an impressive 71 shots at Stealth goalie Tyler Richards, who finished with 59 saves in a losing cause.
“That was our motto going into the game: If there’s an opportunity to shoot, you’ve got to shoot,” Shattler said.
Former Roughneck Lewis Ratcliff led the Stealth attack with four goals and three assists, while Brent Bucktooth had a hat trick and a helper. Rhys Duch had a goal and six assists, while Mike Grimes, Cliff Smith, and Cam Sedgwick also scored for the Stealth (1-4).
The teams battled to a 2-2 draw in a fight-filled first quarter. Evans and Dickson scored to give Calgary an early 2-0 lead before the Stealth battled back with goals by Duch and Bucktooth.
After Shattler scored at 3:07 of the second quarter to put the Riggers up by a goal, the Stealth responded with goals by Smith and Ratcliff.
Ranger and Grimes then traded goals before Ratcliff counted his second of the contest to draw even again. Bucktooth then scored at 9:57 of the third to put the Stealth up 6-5.
That marked the end of Poulin’s night in net as he was replaced by Scigliano.
“We just wanted to change it up and change the momentum of the game,” Pym said. “We put in the kid and he stoned them. He made some phenomenal saves. It’s just amazing. He’s 18 years old. What a way to step into the NLL and to battle like that.”
Veltman then converted a feed from Evans at 14:12 of the third to make the score 6-6 heading into the halftime intermission.
Ratcliff scored at 1:01 of the third to give the Stealth a one-goal lead before Evans tied it up with a power-play goal just over a minute later.
Shattler and Bucktooth both fired their hat-trick goals before the end of the third quarter which ended in an 8-8 deadlock.
Snider and Veltman tallied goals 57 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter to put the ’Necks up 10-8. The lead was short-lived as Sedgwick and Ratcliff replied for the Stealth to even the slate for the seventh time.
After Dickson scored to put Calgary up by a goal once again, Shattler notched his fourth of the contest when he faked a high shot before depositing the ball into the net through Richards’ legs.
“I brought my stick high so he lifted up finally and I put it five-hole,” Shattler said.
Washington refused to quit as Ratcliff counted his fourth of the game with 40 seconds left in the final frame. The Stealth then had one final chance to tie up the score and send the game into overtime, but Scigliano stood his ground to ensure the victory.
“They got one off at the buzzer, but I was able to get in front of it,” Scigliano said.
Shattler was definitely happy to see his teammate make the game-saving stop.
“I was just hoping that Frankie came up with a save and he did,” Shattler said. “What a beauty he is. I think he’s going to be a stud in this league. He really showed his colours tonight. He battled hard for us.”
The Riggers return to the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, February 18 for a matchup against provincial rivals the Edmonton Rush.
“We owe it to our fans and our team to go home and win this one for sure,” Shattler said. “Keep the ball rolling.”
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet West and Pacific starting at 7:00 p.m. MST.