Calgary Sweeps Home And Home Series With Rush
Story and Photos by Tom Frank
Scotiabank Saddledome – Mark Scherman quick-sticked a nice feed from Kaleb Toth to clinch the victory for Calgary two minutes and thirty seconds into overtime. The Roughnecks record improved to 4-2 on the season, while the Edmonton Rush remain winless in 5 games. Calgary spoiled the Rush’s home opener the previous evening winning 15-11.
The Riggers opened the scoring forty seconds into the game. Curtis Dickson fooled Edmonton goalie Matt Disher with a low, behind the back shot from the crease. Corey Small responded quickly for the Rush with a long bounce shot from the point. Toth made it 2-1 for the hosts scoring on the powerplay, four minutes later, but again Edmonton replied promptly. The visitors pulled ahead with a short-handed marker, then Scott Ranger tied it with a goal from behind the net. Edmonton finished the quarter leading 4-3.
The Roughnecks controlled the play early in the game. Edmonton was slow to start, but kicked into gear after scoring their first two goals. There were good battles up and down the floor. Calgary goalie, Mike Poulin, was pulled briefly in the first quarter after Edmonton took a 4-3 lead. He returned during the next play and looked to have settled down for the remainder of the half.
The third quarter was much like the previous two with the scoring lead going back and forth. The Rush lead after three quarters 10-9.
With 1:25 remaining in the 3rd, Calgary’s Dayne Michaud was given a 5 minute major for spearing. This gave Edmonton opportunity to build on their lead. They only managed to score once with the man advantage including time 5 on 3 as Calgary took another minor penalty early in the fourth quarter.
The Roughnecks continued to fight their way back from the two goal deficit with goals from Jeff Shattler and Dickson. With approximately 3 minutes remaining, Edmonton’s Gavin Prout was called for slashing. Calgary’s powerplay was short lived as they are called for holding. Each squad had their chances in the dying moments of regulation but found no success.
Both teams get next weekend off. Calgary returns to action on the road against Toronto February 12. Edmonton and Washington have a home and home series February 11-12.