Calgary Roughnecks cap perfect weekend with win in Philadelphia, plus the links

The Calgary Roughnecks went from 0-2 to 2-2 this weekend with wins in Colorado and Philadelphia. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
The Calgary Roughnecks went from 0-2 to 2-2 this weekend with wins in Colorado and Philadelphia. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

It took all of 15 seconds for Geoff Snider to say hello to Philadelphia. The former Wings fan-favorite, who was traded to the Calgary Roughnecks in 2010, won the opening faceoff of Sunday’s National Lacrosse League game and carried it into the zone to score the game’s first goal. And that’s what got the ball rolling in Calgary’s 16-8 victory. The Riggers built an 8-2 lead by halftime against a tired Wings team that had played in Buffalo on Saturday night. “Our ‘O’ simply ran out of gas,” Philadelphia GM and coach Johnny Mouradian told NLL.com.

The lone NLL Sunday game was a study in contrasts for the 2 teams. Both played 2 games this weekend, and Philadelphia came into the weekend with a 2-0 record. Calgary entered with a 0-2 record. Today, both teams are 2-2.

Philadelphia lost in Buffalo Saturday night, while Calgary came into Philadelphia after a big win in Colorado on Friday. The Riggers won both games this weekend by a combined 35-20 score.

The Wings battled back in the third quarter, getting 2 goals each from Kevin Ross and Kevin Crowley with 3 of those goals coming on power plays. Paul Rabil’s third goal of the game at 1:21 of the fourth quarter brought the Wings to within 10-8, but Calgary responded by scoring 6 unanswered goals to close the game.

“We felt good on how hard we battled in the third to get back into the game,” Mouradian told NLL.com. “We played with a lot of drive.”

Dane Dobbie led the Riggers with 3 goals while Snider and Curtis Dickson each scored 3 and goalie Mike Poulin made 42 saves on 50 shots. Rabil’s hat trick paced the Wings, while Crowley and Ross each finished with 2.

Calgary 16, Philadelphia 8 (box score)

Plus the links

The defending champion Rochester Knighthawks are 0-3 and even though they’ve lost 2 of those games by 1 goal, Saturday’s loss to Toronto signaled a bit of urgency. “We need to fix this ASAP. Only one team doesn’t make the playoffs and it’s not going to be us,” said transition man Joe Walters. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle) … On Friday, the Toronto Rock defense held Minnesota scoreless in the fourth quarter as the Rock rallied to win. On Saturday, the defense held Rochester to 1 goal in the second half. “You’ve got to be impressed by our boys on the back end. They really earned that win for us,” said Toronto forward Garrett Billings. (Toronto Star) … Bandits forward Luke Wiles admits he’s been struggling this season, so scoring the winner in the final minute of Saturday’s 14-13 victory over  Philadelphia was quite the reprieve. “It makes me feel good. I’ve been struggling. I’ve had trouble getting my green card so it’s been a struggle to get to practice (in Ontario). It’s nice to get this goal and get the monkey off the back.” (Buffalo News) … The Minnesota Swarm came into Saturday’s game against the Stealth with a 0-2 record with both losses by a goal. On Saturday, the tables were turned and the Swarm won by a goal with the help of 3 goals from rookie Kiel Matisz. “Nothing really tops playing professional lacrosse. It’s a goal when you are younger and get your first lacrosse stick. I had that goal to make it to this lacrosse league and to now contribute for the Minnesota Swarm is awesome.” (Sports Page Magazine).

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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