Where do you start to tell the story of the Calgary Roughnecks’ 17-16 win over the Minnesota Swarm in National Lacrosse League play Saturday night? How about the third 6-goal game in two nights as Scott Ranger poured in a sock trick along with 2 assists for the Riggers? Or Shawn Evans retaking the NLL scoring lead with an 11-point night (2g, 9a) that helped Calgary (5-3) retake first place in the West Division? Or maybe you like the redemption angle, with the Roughnecks bouncing back after a poor showing in Toronto to win in Minnesota and avoid what would have been their first season with two 2-game losing streaks in five years, in the process snapping the Swarm’s five-game winning streak in The Hive. Finally, it would be hard not to consider starting with Curtis Dickson scoring 3 (yes 3!) shorthanded goals on fourth-quarter transition breakaways. Wow, what a night in Minnesota, and around the league.
It was a crazy night in Minnesota, no doubt about it. Geoff Snider got owned by Andrew Suitor in a fight and later in the game was ejected for an elbowing major that will earn him additional attention from the league’s supplemental discipline review process after he may have caught their attention when he jumped Scott Evans Friday night.
Dane Dobbie had another hat trick for the Roughnecks and Ryan Benesch scored 3 goals and 3 assists for Minnesota. Kiel Matisz, David Earl and Shayne Jackson each scored twice for the Swarm with Matisz adding 4 assists and the others 2 each (note: Earl is listed with 3 goals on the score sheet but one was credited to him mistakenly and should be adjusted when the league does their normal review of the weekend’s statistics).
Calgary scored the last 2 goals of the first quarter and the first 2 of the second to run out to an 8-3 lead. The Swarm kept chipping away at the lead and went ahead for the only time in the game when Matisz opened the fourth quarter with a power play goal at 4:44. That made it 14-13. Then Dickson began to take advantage of what turned out to be a recurring problem for Minnesota, streaking from the bench to get behind the entire Swarm for a long breakout pass that he turned into a breakaway shorthanded goal.
The teams traded goals to bring it to 15-15 before the Roughnecks’ Curtis Manning was whistled for a holding penalty with 4:02 to play. And just like that, Calgary had the Swarm right where they wanted them. Ok, it didn’t seem that way at first, but Dickson added two more shorthanded goals on that penalty to provide the goals Calgary would need to earn its fifth win of the season.
Buffalo took over sole possession of second play in the East Division with a 10-6 win over the Rochester Knighthawks one week after Rochester had dumped them 15-7. Anthony Cosmo made 54 saves to lead the Bandits to the win. Luke Wiles had 3 goals and an assist, Dhane Smith 2 and 1, and Shawn Williams a goal and 3 helpers for Buffalo.
Matt Vinc continued his strong play with 41 saves on 51 shots, but Rochester just couldn’t score this week. Six different players scored single goals for the Knighthawks and Cody Jamieson was the high scorer with 2 assists to go with his goal.
In the evening’s late game, Mark Matthews continued to stake his claim to a spot among the game’s elite, scoring 5 goals to give him 11 for the weekend as the Edmonton Rush doubled up the Colorado Mammoth 14-7. The win kept Edmonton (2-4) from falling behind the field in the west. They are now tied with Minnesota and just half a game behind the Mammoth (3-4). Fellow Rush rookie Curtis Knight added 2 goals and 2 assists and Corey Small had a goal and 4 assists for Edmonton.
Aaron Bold posted another impressive performance, stopping 34 of the 41 shots that Colorado took at him. John Grant, Jr. beat Bold three times to lead the Mammoth scorers. Adam Jones had 2 goals and 2 assists.
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