Shawn Evans fired five goals to lead the Roughnecks to a 16-9 win over the Edmonton Rush on Saturday.
Shawn Evans fired five goals to lead the Calgary Roughnecks to a 16-9 win over the Edmonton Rush on Saturday. Evans notched three of his goals in the fourth quarter during which the Roughnecks outscored the Rush 7-0.
“We have a good squad here and we just kept pushing,” said Evans, who gave credit to the Calgary defence and goalie Mike Poulin for keeping the Rush off the scoreboard. “It was 9-9 going into the fourth quarter and we knew what we have on the offence and our defence held them. Poulie played great and we just buried at the net in the fourth quarter.”
The Roughnecks (7-3) also took the first end of the home-and-home affair with a 13-10 win over the Rush (2-6) in Edmonton on Friday.
Peter McFetridge had a hat trick and two assists for the Riggers, who have now won nine straight regular-season games against the Rush.
“It just feels great every single time,” said McFetridge, whose five-point performance set a new career high. “It’s a rivalry that’s been around forever. It’s good to be a part of. Definitely, we don’t have a problem getting up for these games.”
Jeff Shattler and Geoff Snider counted two goals and an assist each, while Daryl Veltman (1g, 2a), Scott Ranger (1g, 2a), Dane Dobbie (1g, 1a) and Cory Conway (1g, 1a) also scored.
“Outstanding entertainment I think for the fans,” said Calgary coach Dave Pym. “I thought we showed a lot of courage, a lot of poise and patience when it really counted and our big players again stepped up and scored when we needed them to.”
Zack Greer led the Rush attack with three goals and an assist, while Scott Evans counted two goals and two assists. Ryan Ward scored once and set up two others, while Derek Suddons, Corey Small, Ryan Ward and Kyle Rubisch also scored.
Playing in his 188th straight game to tie the NLL’s ironman record, Edmonton forward Shawn Williams recorded four assists to become the sixth player in NLL history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau.
Poulin stopped 40-of-49 shots he faced to improve his record to 6-3.
“Poulin again had another good night and made some big saves,” Pym said. “Two in a row for a goalie in this league back-to-back is tough.”
Aaron Bold and Brodie Macdonald split time in the Edmonton net. Bold finished with 23 saves, while Macdonald stopped 8-of-13 shots he faced.
The Roughnecks jumped out to a quick start as Evans scored 10 seconds into the first quarter. Just nine seconds later Snider put Calgary up 2-0 when he bounced a shot past Bold.
Evans scored again for Calgary, while McFetridge counted a pair of goals as the Riggers built up a 5-4 lead through one quarter. On McFetridge’s first goal, he took a pass from Travis Cornwall and surprised Bold with a behind-the-back shot that found its way into the net.
“I think I blacked out and just whatever happened, happened,” McFetridge said. “It’s definitely something I’ve seen Geoff Snider do lots. I thought that I’d give it a try.”
Veltman, Dobbie and Shattler all scored short-handed goals for Calgary in the second quarter. Dobbie and Shattler counted their goals 39 seconds apart to give the ’Necks an 8-7 lead. Small then pulled the Rush even when he notched a power-play goal at 10:57 of the middle frame.
Shortly after Poulin made a great stick save to thwart a scoring attempt by Williams, Conway redirected a pass from Cornwall past Bold four minutes into the second half. Rubisch then replied for the Rush late in the third quarter to tie the game at 9-9.
Led by three more goals off the stick of Evans – the last one on a penalty shot – the Roughnecks fired six straight goals in the fourth quarter to ignite the enthusiastic crowd of 8,316 fans at the ’Dome.
“I think it’s apparent that our athleticism and our training is paying off,” said McFetridge, who scored his hat-trick goal into an empty net. “In the fourth quarter we’re just able to run teams and just grind them down to the ground.”
The Roughnecks now have two weeks to prepare for their next game at home on March 24 against the Buffalo Bandits.