March 5, 2011

Despite Uncertain Future, Calgary Keeps Winning

from staff reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Calgary owner Brad Banister has confessed he has struggled to get players paid and conceded that the Roughnecks might not be able to finish the National Lacrosse League (NLL) season, but that did not stop them from extending their West Division lead Saturday with a 13-7 victory over the Philadelphia Wings.

Calgary was able to make its trip to Philadelphia thanks to a private donation. The Roughnecks won for the fourth time in five games.

It was their most dominant win of the season, starting early with Scott Ranger scoring on the power-play two minutes in. Former Roughneck Paul Dawson replied quickly and rookie Curtis Dickson pocketed his first of the game soon thereafter. Each team added one more with the Roughnecks leading 3-2.

The Riggers took control in the second frame, pushing the lead to 6-3 going into the half.

They scored five goals in the third, pushing All-Star Brandon Miller from the game. Nolan Heavenor pocketed his second of the year after missing the majority of the season with an ankle injury.

Dane Dobbie and Daryl Veltman added one more in the fourth while the Wings found the net twice late in the game, but it was a case of too little, too late.

The Roughnecks went two-for-four on the power-play while the Wings were shut out on two attempts.

Goalie Mike Poulin turned away 31 shots while Miller made 25 saves on 35 shots before making way for Ray Hodgkinson, who saw 17 shots.

The next game for the Roughnecks is at Washington next Sunday, March 13, before finally seeing the friendly confines of the Saddeldome on March 19.

The Wings are off for the next two weeks before travelling to


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