May 10, 2014

Calgary Edges Edmonton in OT in NLL Playoffs

from nll.com

CALGARY - The Calgary Roughnecks struck first in the West Division Finals with a 12-11 comeback overtime home win over the Edmonton Rush in Game One at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night. The Roughnecks, who edged the Colorado Mammoth in overtime in last weekend's West Semifinal, played host to this year’s top-seeded team this week in front of 13,618 screaming fans for the "Battle of Alberta" at the 'Dome.

The top point producers in the game for the Roughnecks were Shawn Evans (1+5), Curtis Dickson (4+2) and Jeff Shattler (2+2). Meanwhile, most of the Rush's points came off the sticks of Mark Matthews (3+4), Cory Conway (0+4) and Zack Greer (2+2).

The Roughnecks started the game off on the right foot, scoring the first marker just over three minutes into the game when Jeff Shattler made a beautiful one-handed feed to Scott Ranger for the 1-0 lead. That’s all the Riggers could muster though, as the Rush went on four-goal run with Robert Church beating ‘Necks goaltender Mike Poulin twice. The Rush also had two goals disallowed because of a crease violation. Edmonton went into the second quarter with a 4-1 lead and heavily outshooting the ‘Necks 16-8.

At the end of the first quarter, Roughnecks captain Andrew McBride was assessed a 5-minute major for high sticking. The Rush were only able to score once on the powerplay when Mark Matthews fired one from the point, beating Poulin for his second of the contest. Edmonton then got into some of their own penalty trouble when Kyle Rubisch and Jeremy Thompson each received minors just 26 seconds apart from one another. The Riggers cashed in immediately when Dane Dobbie got his first of the game, beating Rush goaltender Aaron Bold.

The ‘Necks then scored 13 seconds apart when Jeff Shattler and Curtis Dickson hit the twine to bring the ‘Necks back within one. The Rush then answered with two quick goals of their own when Zack Greer and Mark Matthews scored 20 seconds apart to regain a three-goal lead. Before this quarter ended, Greg Harnett potted one more the ‘Necks making it 7-5 for Edmonton after two quarters.

The third quarter began with both teams having numerous scoring opportunities, but it wasn’t until just over five minutes into the frame when ‘Necks transition Karson Leung walked into the slot and let one fly, beating Bold over the shoulder. Calgary was able to tie the game half way through the quarter but Edmonton soon regained the lead only 44 seconds later when Nik Bilic scored his first of the game.

However, it was all Roughnecks for the final three minutes of the quarter as the Riggers were not only able to tie the game, but take the lead for the first time since the first goal of the game. Daryl Veltman and Curtis Dickson tallied for the ‘Necks and the quarter ended with the Roughnecks leading 9-8. Shots on goal were still in favor of the Rush, 44-30.

The fourth quarter started with both teams playing a more defensive game, but Edmonton tied it up after a hard shot from Curtis Knight and then they took the lead when Riley Loewen put his first of the game past Poulin.

It didn’t seem to faze the ‘Necks as over 13,000 faithful started shaking the ‘Dome and it seemed to work as Curtis Dickson received a nice feed from Shawn Evans and put it behind Bold to tie the game at 11-11. With only 1:24 left in the fourth, Zack Greer quieted the crowd and got his second of the game, puting his team up by one.

The excitement didn’t stop there as the Riggers were awarded a penalty shot with only 21 seconds remaining when the Rush were penalized for an illegal substitution in the final minute with the Too Many Men penalty resulting in an automatic penalty shot. ‘Superman’ Dickson went down and Bold and beat him over the shoulder with a great move, the ball squeaking over the line, tying the game and sending it to overtime.

Edmonton had the first opportunity in overtime when they thought they had won the game but the goal was disallowed because of another crease violation making it their third disallowed goal of the game. Only 40 seconds later, the ball took a bounce off the backboards behind Bold right to Jeff Shattler, who made no mistake by burying the ball for the mid-air overtime winner.

The ‘Necks take a 1-0 series lead and head to Edmonton to try and finish it off on Friday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET at Rexall Place. If Calgary wins, the Roughnecks advance to the NLL Championship. If Edmonton wins, the two teams will play a 10-minute mini-game immediately following Game Two to determine the winner of the series.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Mike Poulin
2) Curtis Dickson
3) Mark Matthews

The Calgary Roughnecks struck first in the West Division Finals with a 12-11 comeback overtime home win over the Edmonton Rush in Game One at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night. The Roughnecks, who edged the Colorado Mammoth in overtime in last weekend's West Semifinal, played host to this year’s top-seeded team this week in front of 13,618 screaming fans for the "Battle of Alberta" at the 'Dome.

The top point producers in the game for the Roughnecks were Shawn Evans (1+5), Curtis Dickson (4+2) and Jeff Shattler (2+2). Meanwhile, most of the Rush's points came off the sticks of Mark Matthews (3+4), Cory Conway (0+4) and Zack Greer (2+2).

The Roughnecks started the game off on the right foot, scoring the first marker just over three minutes into the game when Jeff Shattler made a beautiful one-handed feed to Scott Ranger for the 1-0 lead. That’s all the Riggers could muster though, as the Rush went on four-goal run with Robert Church beating ‘Necks goaltender Mike Poulin twice. The Rush also had two goals disallowed because of a crease violation. Edmonton went into the second quarter with a 4-1 lead and heavily outshooting the ‘Necks 16-8.

At the end of the first quarter, Roughnecks captain Andrew McBride was assessed a 5-minute major for high sticking. The Rush were only able to score once on the powerplay when Mark Matthews fired one from the point, beating Poulin for his second of the contest. Edmonton then got into some of their own penalty trouble when Kyle Rubisch and Jeremy Thompson each received minors just 26 seconds apart from one another. The Riggers cashed in immediately when Dane Dobbie got his first of the game, beating Rush goaltender Aaron Bold.

The ‘Necks then scored 13 seconds apart when Jeff Shattler and Curtis Dickson hit the twine to bring the ‘Necks back within one. The Rush then answered with two quick goals of their own when Zack Greer and Mark Matthews scored 20 seconds apart to regain a three-goal lead. Before this quarter ended, Greg Harnett potted one more the ‘Necks making it 7-5 for Edmonton after two quarters.

The third quarter began with both teams having numerous scoring opportunities, but it wasn’t until just over five minutes into the frame when ‘Necks transition Karson Leung walked into the slot and let one fly, beating Bold over the shoulder. Calgary was able to tie the game half way through the quarter but Edmonton soon regained the lead only 44 seconds later when Nik Bilic scored his first of the game.

However, it was all Roughnecks for the final three minutes of the quarter as the Riggers were not only able to tie the game, but take the lead for the first time since the first goal of the game. Daryl Veltman and Curtis Dickson tallied for the ‘Necks and the quarter ended with the Roughnecks leading 9-8. Shots on goal were still in favor of the Rush, 44-30.

The fourth quarter started with both teams playing a more defensive game, but Edmonton tied it up after a hard shot from Curtis Knight and then they took the lead when Riley Loewen put his first of the game past Poulin.

It didn’t seem to faze the ‘Necks as over 13,000 faithful started shaking the ‘Dome and it seemed to work as Curtis Dickson received a nice feed from Shawn Evans and put it behind Bold to tie the game at 11-11. With only 1:24 left in the fourth, Zack Greer quieted the crowd and got his second of the game, puting his team up by one.

The excitement didn’t stop there as the Riggers were awarded a penalty shot with only 21 seconds remaining when the Rush were penalized for an illegal substitution in the final minute with the Too Many Men penalty resulting in an automatic penalty shot. ‘Superman’ Dickson went down and Bold and beat him over the shoulder with a great move, the ball squeaking over the line, tying the game and sending it to overtime.

Edmonton had the first opportunity in overtime when they thought they had won the game but the goal was disallowed because of another crease violation making it their third disallowed goal of the game. Only 40 seconds later, the ball took a bounce off the backboards behind Bold right to Jeff Shattler, who made no mistake by burying the ball for the mid-air overtime winner.

The ‘Necks take a 1-0 series lead and head to Edmonton to try and finish it off on Friday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET at Rexall Place. If Calgary wins, the Roughnecks advance to the NLL Championship. If Edmonton wins, the two teams will play a 10-minute mini-game immediately following Game Two to determine the winner of the series.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Mike Poulin
2) Curtis Dickson
3) Mark Matthews

- See more at: http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/384799?referrer_id=389128#sthash.wjf5fyNk.dpuf

comments powered by Disqus