The Calgary Roughnecks scored five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Swarm 15-10 last night. At one point in the final period the score was tied at 10 and each team had taken 40 shots, but then everything went Calgary’s way. Geoff Snider had an amazing night for the Riggers, scoring three goals and two assists, scooping 28 loose balls and winning all 28 faceoffs he took. Jeff Shattler had three goals and three assists for Calgary and Curtis Dickson also added a hat trick and one helper. Shawn Evans scored a short-handed goal for Calgary, had three assists and picked up seven loose balls. Mike Poulin stopped 39 of the 49 shots he faced.
The Swarm, playing without Head Coach Joe Sullivan and leading scorer Ryan Benesch, may well look to their power play as the main culprit in their loss. Minnesota had 12 chances and only managed to connect twice, plus gave up Evans’ shorty. Jordan MacIntosh, Joel Henry and Corbyn Tao each scored a pair of goals for the Swarm. Kevin Ross scored once and had four helpers while Callum Crawford added four assists.
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Lacrosse is Canada’s summer sport, and now it is all across the country. “P.E.I. was the only province that didn’t have a provincial association. I thought it was a good time to start one,” said Jason Macdonald, who is launching programs in four Island communities this spring. The season will run from April to June and then Macdonald plans to rectify the situation by starting a provincial association. The programs are for 7-16 year-olds and will be preceded by free clinics run with the help of Lacrosse New Brunswick. (theguardian.pe.ca)…The Peterborough Jr A Lakers are looking to get back into the hunt for the Minto Cup this season. They lost in double overtime in game seven of the OLA semi-finals last year to Orangeville and this year they hope to use that experience to go further. “I think we have some good chemistry and a good group of guys that we can take a stab at the Minto this year,” says head coach Mat Giles. With a large core of players back from last year, the biggest hurdle for the Lakers will be finding a goalie to fill the shoes of IL Indoor’s junior goalie of the year, Tye Belanger, now with the Colorado Mammoth. (mykawartha.com)…Maggie Rogal is a third-generation entrant in the Miss New Westminster Ambassador pageant. But while her grandmother represented the Optimist club and her mother a local theatre, Maggie is Miss New Westminster Salmonbellies. (royalcityrecord.com)…With uncertainty about whether Nick Rose will be released by the Brooklin Redmen, Coquitlam Adanacs GM Randy Delmonico has signed goalie Adam Shute, a graduate of the Okotoks Raiders junior club. Delmonico also traded for the rights to Aaron Bold. Bold starred for the Redmen last year and not being assured yet that he’ll return this summer is the likely reason that Brooklin hasn’t granted a release to Rose, who has played for the Adanacs the past two summers. (tricitynews.com)…The Oshawa Machine fell a game short of making the playoffs in the inaugural CLax season. While he doesn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, Head Coach Glenn Clark says he’s looking forward to next year and hopes they can field a healthier lineup. “At any given point we had eight guys out of our lineup. It’s hard to play without those guys in your lineup and it’s hard to find continuity and flow and that kind of stuff moving forward,” Clark said. (durhamregion.com)…Gloucester Lacrosse is ready to get back on the floor. The Ottawa-area association usually has about 600 participants and is open for registration for 2012. (emcottawasouth.ca)Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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