Calgary Roughnecks Are on a Mission in 2012 NLL Season

Jim FlanneryAnalyst IJanuary 15, 2012

(Photo: Richard Olsen)
(Photo: Richard Olsen)

Following a hotly contested 13-10 victory over the Washington Stealth, the Calgary Roughnecks are now 2-0 to start the new NLL season.

Making this all the more impressive is that both wins have come on the road. And they were against both the defending NLL champions, Toronto Rock, and the Washington Stealth, the runners up. 

Transition play provided the biggest spark against the Stealth. Curtis Manning came up huge, picking up two goals and three assists.

Geoff Snider had a big night as well with three points (1G, 2A), while also giving the Riggers a huge advantage in the faceoff circle, taking 17 of 26 from his little brother, Bob.

Even goaltender Mike Poulin got in on the action, notching three assists while helping Calgary break out of their own end. Poulin had another solid game between the pipes as well, stopping 27 shots in the winning effort.

Calgary's forwards once again had solid performances. Dane Dobbie picked up his second straight hat trick, while Curtis Dickson, Jeff Shattler and Scott Ranger all contributed two goals apiece.

Overall, the Roughnecks spread the scoring out, with seven different players notching goals in the win.

On the defensive side of things, Calgary did a solid job. Although Washington picked up a handful of loose balls (54-48), Calgary had the advantage in forcing turnovers. They took away 20 balls, compared to the Stealth's 15. 

Going forward, the Roughnecks finally get to come home. They will host the Colorado Mammoth (1-0) on Saturday, Jan. 21. Calgary was 6-2 at home last season and will be looking to continue to assert their home domination.

The Mammoth are coming off a strong effort against the Minnesota Swarm where their "Big Two" scoring duo of John Grant Jr. and Gavin Prout combined for seven goals and 20 points.

The Mammoth are coming off two disappointing seasons and are looking to make waves this year. A win against the Roughnecks in Calgary would go a long way towards establishing them as a team to be reckoned with.

The action gets underway at 9:00 pm MST in the Scotiabank Saddledome.