Minnesota’s G Nick Patterson Stops Career-High 59 Shots
– story by Tom Frank
– photos by Marcelo Saguez
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary – The Calgary Roughnecks fell to the Minnesota Swarm 17-13, despite outshooting the visitors 72 to 37. The loss can be attributed to the strong play of Swarm goalie, Nick Patterson, and specialty teams. Minnesota went 5 for 6 on the power play and added 2 more short handed (1 into the empty net during the final seconds of play). The Riggers scored twice on six power play opportunities.
<Patterson was sharp in net, most notably in the 3rd facing a 5 minute power play. Midway through the man-advantage, Calgary fired roughly 7 shots in succession. With help from a couple posts, Patterson denied Calgary any success. The teams battled back and forth for the first 3 quarters – tied 3-3 after 1, 7-7 at the half and 10-10 after 3. The Swarm scored twice on power play opportunities early in the 4th quarter and didn’t look back.
Regular offensive threats, Tracey Kelusky and Kaleb Toth, were missing from Calgary’s line-up. Kelusky, was sidelined with a concussion along with defender Scott Carnegie. Toth was attending to his wife and newborn daughter.
<Mike Poulin started in net for Calgary following an impressive win last week in Orlando. He was later replaced by Matt King in the second quarter after allowing 7 goals on 18 shots. King was pulled halfway through the final frame, as he too had his problems giving up 7 goals on 14 shots.
Calgary was lead by Dane Dobbie (5,1), Scott Ranger (2,3) and Craig Conn (2,2).
Minnesota had Aaron Wilson (4,2), Ryan Benesch (2, 9) and Callum Crawford (2,7) leading the way.
The Roughnecks are on the road next week in Toronto (Friday, April 2) and Rochester (Saturday, April 3).
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