The Calgary Roughnecks did not forget how to play or win in front of their home crowd.
After being on the road for 48 days, the Roughnecks treated the 11,019 in attendance at the Scotiabank Saddledome to a 19-14 victory over Alberta rival, the Edmonton Rush on Friday.
The Rush had the advantage over the Riggers entering the fourth quarter, holding an 11-10 lead after scoring three goals in the third.
Calgary’s one goal in the third came in the final minute of the stanza and the score seemed to reenergize the Riggers as the home team went on to score nine goals in the final quarter to run away with the victory and the season sweep over Edmonton.
“That’s the game of lacrosse, but tonight especially,” Roughneck forward Dane Dobbie told the Calgary Herald of the momentum swings in the game. “It’s all about cooling their runs down and going on them ourselves; we dealt with it, and did pretty good, I thought.”
Dobbie scored once in Calgary’s fourth quarter run, but he made his mark in the first half where he scored four straight goals over the first and second quarters. Dobbie’s most memorable goal of the night came in his second tally in the first. Dobbie was attacking the net, was hit by Edmonton’s John Lintz, and as he was falling to the floor the ball popped out of his stick and went past Rush goaltender Matt Disher for the goal.
“I didn’t even know the goal went in,” said Dobbie, who also had three assists. “I just heard the crowd go crazy. It’s good that the bounces went our way, and that was a lucky bounce for me. It got me started, and it went on from there.”
The “lucky” goal by Dobbie capped off a Roughnecks run in which they scored four times in the first 2:42 of the game.
Edmonton matched Calgary’s run as they scored the next six red lighters to take a 6-4 lead at the end of the first. The Roughnecks responded with a solid second quarter in which they scored five goals and took the 9-8 lead at the half.
Both clubs were pretty evenly matched in the third quarter, but it was the Rush that took the one goal lead going into the fourth and was 15 minutes away from gaining their first win over the Roughnecks this season. Edmonton had lost the previous three contests this year.
Instead, Curtis Dickson and Scott Ranger both scored a pair to help lead Calgary’s 9-2 run in the fourth. Dickson finished the game with three goals and three assists while Ranger ended with four goals and four assists.
Scott Evans led Edmonton on the score sheet, scoring four goals while adding three helpers. Three of Evans’ goals came in the second half.
Andy Secore, Ryan Ward and Zack Greer each finished with two goals in the game for the Rush.
Prior to the game, Calgary had already secured a playoff spot while Edmonton is battling Colorado for the final spot in the Western Division. The Rush and the Mammoth will face each other three times in the final five weeks with the winner of that series most likely going to pick up a berth in the postseason.
All 10 National Lacrosse League teams will return to action next weekend with six games slated after the league had a light schedule the last two weeks.
Next week, the Roughnecks will host the NLL leading Toronto Rock on Friday Mar. 25th at 9:30 p.m. EDT while the Rush will host the Minnesota Swarm on the same night at 9 p.m. EDT.