Curtis Dickson scored four times to lead the Roughnecks to a 13-10 win over the Rush on Friday.
Curtis Dickson lived up to his ‘Superman’ nickname with a pair of highlight-reel goals to lead the Calgary Roughnecks to a 13-10 win over the Edmonton Rush at Rexall Place on Friday.
On two separate occasions, Dickson went airborne before tucking the ball into the top corner behind Edmonton goalie Aaron Bold.
“I like making that play,” said Dickson, who finished the game with four goals and three assists. “If you can get a good jump and you can reach around that goalie, you’re going quicker than he’s able to step across. If you can get your stick over there and get the ball around him, it’s going to go in hopefully the majority of the time and it worked out twice for me tonight.”
Dickson also scored a shorthanded marker while the Roughnecks were killing off a two-man disadvantage and added an empty-net goal. It’s the first four-goal goal game against Edmonton for Dickson, who notched hat tricks in all five previous games he played against the Rush over his first two seasons in the National Lacrosse League.
“It just happened to work out that way my first couple seasons against them,” said Dickson, who was named as the NLL’s Rookie of the Year last season. “Obviously I like playing against them. It’s easy to get up for these games, the Battle of Alberta and everything. As long as we’re getting the wins, that’s all that matters.”
Calgary coach Dave Pym commended Dickson for yet another outstanding effort against the Rush (2-5), who have now lost eight straight regular-season games to the Roughnecks (6-3).
“He’s an incredible athlete and one of the toughest checks in the league,” Pym said. “It’s awesome that he’s on our team because I’d hate to have to defend him night in and night out.”
After recording just one assist during Calgary’s disappointing 15-11 loss at home to the Minnesota Swarm last Saturday, Jeff Shattler bounced back with a hat trick and a helper against the Rush.
“I thought his effort was fantastic,” said Pym, who rewarded Shattler by giving him the game ball. “That’s the kind of effort that we need from Jeff. He was the MVP last year for a reason and he’s fully capable of playing like that game in and game out.”
Shattler readily admitted to having an off game against the Swarm and was happy to help the Riggers return to their winning ways against the Rush.
“I really wanted to prove myself tonight,” Shattler said. “I was just glad to help out my team. We want to win on the road and we definitely want to win at home. Our record’s not too good at home. We need to change that and we’ve got to start that tomorrow.”
The same two teams won’t have much time to rest with the second game of the home-and-home affair slated for Saturday night (7 p.m.) at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“Obviously it takes a physical toll on your body,” Dickson said. “You’ve just got to recover the best you can, get a good night’s sleep and we’ve got to be ready to come back tomorrow and do the same thing we did tonight.”
Scott Ranger scored twice and set up four others for the ’Necks, while Dane Dobbie also had two goals to go with three assists. Shawn Evans and Daryl Veltman chipped in with a goal and an assist each.
Scott Evans led the Rush attack with an impressive six-goal outing to go with one assist. Tom Johnson, Aaron Wilson, Kyle Rubisch and Zack Greer also scored, while Shawn Williams had four assists to pull within three points of reaching the 1,000-point plateau for his NLL career.
Calgary goalie Mike Poulin stopped 42-of-52 shots he faced to record the win, while Bold made 44 saves at the other end of the floor.
The Roughnecks jumped out to a 2-1 lead early in the first quarter on a pair of power-play goals by Veltman and Ranger before Evans and Johnson notched goals 85 seconds apart to put the Rush up by a goal.
After Shattler shovelled an underhand shot through Bold’s legs, Dickson notched the first of his highlight-reel goals to put the Riggers up 4-3 through one quarter.
Shattler put the ’Necks up a by a pair of goals when he converted a feed from Dickson during a Calgary man advantage at 10:42 of the second quarter.
With Peter McFetridge and Scott Carnegie in the penalty box, the Rush had a great chance to get back into the game with an extended two-man advantage. Instead, Dickson scored a rare goal for the Riggers while they were two men down.
After Poulin made a pair of great saves to stymie Williams, Dickson fought off three Edmonton defenders at the other end of the floor before he fired a low shot past Bold to give Calgary a 6-3 lead heading into the halftime intermission.
The Rush cut the deficit to two goals when Scott Evans scored just 38 seconds into the third quarter before Dobbie and Shawn Evans replied with goals for Calgary to put the Riggers up 8-4.
Following a goal by Rubisch just 10 seconds into the final frame, Evans notched his third and fourth goals of the contest before setting up Wilson to tie the score at 8-8.
Dobbie then fired a long shot past Bold to end Edmonton’s four-goal outburst before Ranger and Shattler bulged the twine to put the Riggers back up 11-8.
Evans then counted back-to-back goals 58 seconds apart as he completed his sock trick (six-goal game) to pull the Rush back within a goal.
“We dug ourselves a big hole in the first three quarters,” said Evans during a post-game interview on Sportsnet One. “We came out hot in the fourth quarter. We seemed to run out of gas there late.”
With time running out in the game, Dickson cut to the net hard and flew through the air once again before depositing the ball behind Bold for an insurance marker.
“If the ball doesn’t go in the net you can usually feel it,” said Dickson when asked how much it hurts when he hits the turf after going airborne, “but if it falls in the back of the net you’re usually able to pop right back up and celebrate with your teammates, so you don’t really feel that too much.”