Roughnecks Take Round 1 in Battle of Alberta 2012

Dickson Still Trick-y Against Rush

story by Tom Frank
Photos by Marcelo Saguez

Scotiabank Saddledome – Curtis Dickson scored three times to lead Calgary to a 12-8 victory over their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Rush. Dickson has scored a hat-trick each time he’s played against the Rush, including four meetings last season.

The win marked Calgary’s first victory on home turf this season after suffering loses to Colorado and Toronto in overtime.

Dickson opened the scoring at 4:36 bouncing a shot past Rush goalie, Aaron Bold. Zack Greer replied for Edmonton about 5 minutes later, shooting through traffic to get one past Mike Poulin. Corey Small scored with 3 seconds left in the quarter to give the Rush a 2-1 lead.

Calgary went on to score 4 goals in the second, highlighted by goals by Geoff Snider and Dickson 17 seconds apart, to give the Riggers a 5-2 lead going into the half.

Poulin was keen shutting the door on the Rush, blocking all 12 shots in the second quarter and going 22 for 24 in the opening half.

Edmonton battled back in the third, outscoring the hosts 4-1. The Roughnecks allowed their lead to slip away and the teams entered the final quarter tied 6-6.

The Riggers surged in the fourth, going on another 4 goal run before the Rush could respond. Bold needed to make several key saves early in the quarter as Shawn Evans caused several turnovers in Edmonton’s defensive zone, creating scoring opportunities for Calgary.

Jeff Shattler started the drive by scooping a rebound in front of the crease for his first of the game at 6:17. Calgary rookie, Travis Cornwall, scored his first NLL goal a couple minutes later on a transition play. Shattler rocketed a shot past Bold 31 seconds later and Dickson’s hat-trick goal at 10:46 gave the Roughnecks a 10-6 lead.

The Rush, with the extra attacker, finally managed to reply with a tally by Scott Evans at 11:40. By then, Calgary’s lead was too great to overcome. The Necks scored 2 more goals by Cornwall and (Shawn) Evans to make it 12-7. Tom Johnson notched one last goal for the guests on the powerplay to make the final 12-8. Snider won the draw and held onto the ball to run out the remaining 22 seconds.
Calgary (4-2) heads to Denver February 24 to take on the Western /league-leading Colorado Mammoth (6-0).

Other Game Notes:

-Pauil Rabil, acquired in a trade with the Washington Stealth, was not in uniform for Edmonton
-Poulin looked strong in net, rebounding well after being pulled in the Stealth game last week. He made 40 saves on 48 shots and added 2 assists.
-Dane Dobbie, still out due to injury, allowed room for rookie Travis Cornwall.
-Nolan Heavenor was out of Calgary’s line-up due to the birth of his daughter. This allowed room for defender Ryan McNish.

Point leaders:
-Calgary – Dickson (3-2), Shattler (2-3), Daryl Veltman (2-2) and Shawn Evans (1-3).
-Edmonton – Scott Evans (2-3), Corey Small (2-2), Johnson and Ryan Ward (1-2) and Shawn Williams (0-3)

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