Calgary Drops 2nd in a Row

Story and Photos courtesy of Tom Frank

It was a see-saw battle Sunday afternoon. The game could have gone to either team. In the end, it was a blast from Boston’s Dan Dawson, with 35.6 seconds remaining in regulation that determined the outcome of the game. Boston defeated the Roughnecks 11-10

This was the first ever meeting between the Calgary Roughnecks and the Boston Blazers. The Roughnecks were looking to get back into the win column after losing for the first time this season, last Saturday night in Colorado 13-12 to the Mammoth. The Blazers have yet to lose in February with wins vs. New York, Philadelphia and most recently a 16-12 decision against Minnesota, 2 days ago.

The Blazers scored 1st, at the 2:09 mark of the opening quarter. This was the only time they lead the game, other than the final result. Calgary had 2 goal leads three times during the course of the game. Twice in the 1st half, 3-5, 6-4, and the last would be going into the 4th quarter 9-7.

Both teams battled hard, but the Blazers looked to be a little hungrier. Unfortunately, the Roughnecks could not capitalize more from their transitional plays. The Riggers also had 2 goals called back after video replay confirmed challenges from Boston coach Tom Ryan.

Overall, it was an exciting game to watch with lots of intensity. I’m sure the 10,045 fans at the Saddledome were hoping for a different result. The next challenge for the Calgary Roughnecks will be Saturday, February 28, as they travel to New York to visit the Titans.

Other Game Notes:

-Tracey Kelusky reached the 300 mark in assists on Calgary’s 4th goal
-Calgary’s PP went 4-5, while Boston went 2-6
-Pat Campbell didn’t seem to show any ill effects after an injury that took him out of the final minutes in Colorado. Campbell saved 40 of 51 SOG
-All-star netminder Anthony Cosmo was given the day off. Mike Poulin, took his place and turned aside 38 of 48 shots for the victory.
-for Calgary: Sanderson (5, 2); Kelusky (2, 4); Dobbie (1, 5); Toth (1, 2); Shattler (1, 1); Malawsky held to 3 assists
-for Boston: D.Dawson (2, 5); Veltman (3, 2); Bining (0, 3); singles by P.Dawson, Thenhaus, Lyons, Cotter, Bloom and Thorimert

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