Calgary Roughnecks' Shawn Evans Having Career Year
Evans is leading the league in scoring with 102 points and, barring a record-setting performance by the Minnesota Swarm's Callum Crawford, will win his first league scoring title.
His previous best was 79 points, which he picked up in 2009 with the Rochester Knighthawks and matched last season in his first year with the Roughnecks. His 71 assists this year are tops in the NLL and are better than his career average for points in a season.
Those 102 points are also just two shy of the Roughnecks' single-season record, currently shared by Lewis Ratcliff and Josh Sanderson, and the 71 assists are just three shy of Sanderson's single-season record for Calgary.
He has also already set a new personal best for forced turnovers (15) and is currently fifth in the league in power play goals (12).
Along the way, Evans has had four 10-point nights this season, including last week when he had three goals and seven assists against his former team, the Knighthawks, and a 13-point night in January against the Colorado Mammoth that set the new Roughnecks record for points in a game.
He has yet to be shut out in any game this year.
His weakest output of the year was a two-point effort in a winning match against the Edmonton Rush in February and the following week in a match against the Toronto Rock, he did not register a goal. But he continues to bounce back and contribute week after week, driving opposition defenses crazy with his feisty, hard-nosed play.
Not bad for a guy who is listed at just 5'8" and 175 pounds and who is routinely giving up a bunch of height and weight to whomever is assigned to defend him.
Evans and the Roughnecks take on the Rush tonight in Edmonton. The winner of that game takes the West Division title for the regular season and home field advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Look for Shawn Evans to be sparking Calgary's offense and fighting for the win.
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