Dane Dobbie admits it. He was one of “those” guys. Flapping his gums on the floor may have helped relieve the tension building up inside, but he found he also had more time to think about it in the penalty box if a National Lacrosse League referee had gotten his fill. And too often, he did. “I’m trying to stop talking,” the Roughnecks forward told The Province. “It’s mostly with the referees. I’m not trying to get on their good side. I’m just trying to stay off their bad side. I want them not looking for me. I want to just play my game.” It’s working, too. He’s putting up the numbers he usually puts up, except when it comes to PIM. He’s been whistled for just 19 in 10 games and coach Curt Malawsky has noticed. “Dobes has realized if he channels that emotional energy in a positive, productive way, and he lets his play do the talking, he gives his team the best chance to win.”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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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