Roughnecks Get Redemption

Story and Photos by Tom Frank

The Calgary Roughnecks were looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss suffered in Colorado back on Valentine’s Day. The slim 13-12 victory by the Mammoth ended the Riggers 5-0 unbeaten streak.

Tonight’s game began with quality scoring chances by both teams: Colorado hitting the post, while Calgary’s Dan Dobbie was the first to score with a nice shot over the shoulder of Colorado’s Andrew Leyshon at the 1 minute mark. It continued to be an evenly matched contest throughout the 1st half. There was good ball movement by both teams while the D limited the opportunities of their opposition.

The 1st quarter ended with Calgary up 3-2. The Mammoth opened the scoring for the 2nd quarter. A miscue on Calgary’s defence allowed Colorado’s Nick Carlson to come in on the right side unchallenged for the tying marker. The most Calgary lea by in the quarter was 2 goals, 7-5, but the Mammoth would not lie down and ended tying the game at 7 with 30 seconds remaining.

The outcome of the game was determined by the 3rd quarter as the Roughnecks scored 5 unanswered goals – the 1st three all power play tallies. The Riggers finished the game 3-5 on PP while Colorado went 1-3 with the man advantage.

I’m sure Calgary and the 10,958 fans in attendance were wary to the fact that even with a 12-7 lead, the game was far from over. Colorado fought their way back from a 10-6 deficit to win at home back in February. However, thiat was not the case this night. Even though being outscored 3-1 in the final quarter, Calgary was able to hold off the Mammoth attack for the 13-10 victory.

Calgary now holds the leagues best record at 8-2.

Next up for the Riggers – the Toronto Rock; Friday, March 27, 7pm at the Pengrowth Saddledome

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