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Roughnecks continue dominance over Rush with win

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The Canadian Press
2/3/2013 12:55:04 AM
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EDMONTON -- The Calgary curse continues for the Edmonton Rush.

Geoff Snider had a hat trick and Dane Dobbie had three goals and two assists as the Calgary Roughnecks continued their dominance over Edmonton with an 18-15 victory on Saturday in National Lacrosse League action.

The Roughnecks have now won three games in a row this season, all on the road.

"We have each other's backs right now," said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky. "I don't know how many shots we blocked. We ground it out in the trenches where you need to do that. Tonight this team was willing to win and they showed it.

"We had some guys who didn't start all that well in this game, but they finished well which is big. Shawn Evans has been carrying us all year and he had a bit of an off night. The other guys picked him up and that's what a team is all about."

Evans, Jeff Shattler, Daryl Veltman and Scott Ranger each had two-goal games for the Roughnecks (3-2), who have now won nine straight regular season games against Edmonton.

Joe Resetarits, Curtis Dickson and Jon Harnett had the additional Calgary goals.

Calgary allowed a five-goal run by the Rush in the first quarter, but responded with five unanswered of their own in the second half to secure the victory.

"That's the game these days," said Dobbie. "Teams will go on these crazy runs. They got five in a row on us early and then we came back in the second half and did the same thing to them. It's how you measure a team, how they bounce back from something like that happening to them.

Ryan Ward and Jeremy Thompson each had three-goal performances for the Rush (1-3), who have lost all three of their home games this season. Corey Small, Mark Matthews and Zack Greer had two goals each for Edmonton.

Also scoring for the Rush were John Lafontaine, Alex Turner and Jarrett Davis.

"We had our opportunities," said Rush head coach Derek Keenan. "We gave it everything. Probably at the end of the day, their special teams was better than ours and that's what the game came down to, really."

Added Matthews: "We battled hard but Calgary's a great team and they obviously out-scored us tonight. It was a battle all night and we have to look at the things we did well and work on those next week."

The Rush closed to within one goal with just two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on Matthews' second of the game.

However, Calgary got the insurance goal they needed as Harnett scored into an empty net with one minute to play to make it 17-15 and Snider added an additional empty-net goal.

The Roughnecks tied the game 10-10 just before the half on a beautiful grab off the boards and spin shot by Dobbie, who scored his hat-trick goal shorthanded.

Calgary retook the lead by a goal and were looking for more early in the third but Dickson was stopped on a penalty shot by MacDonald, leading to an Edmonton goal to tie it up just seconds later by Thompson. Matthews put the Rush back in the lead with five minutes gone in the third on a leaping highlight reel wraparound goal from behind the net to make it 12-11.

Calgary once again surged ahead with three consecutive goals, including a pair of power-play scores by Ranger to lead 14-12 with five minutes left in the third quarter.

It took 10 minutes for a another goal, but it was once again from the stick of a Calgary player as Snider scored his second of the game on a breakaway.

Calgary took a four-goal lead on their fifth consecutive goal before Edmonton attempted to make a game out of it again with five minutes left on a Davis power-play goal and then two minutes later on Small's second of the game to make it 16-14.

The two teams face each other again in a rematch next Saturday in Calgary.

"We're starting to bond and we are starting to get the systems down," Dobbie said. "Hopefully we can win at home next week. We are 0-2 there. Our crowd is really big for us there and we need to get them a win. It was a good win on the road, but we feel the next one at home is just as big for us."

Notes: It was the first of four meetings between the two teams this season... The Roughnecks have owned the regular season against the Rush in all-time, coming into the game with a record of 20-4 against Edmonton. However, the Rush had won the last two playoff games over Calgary... Roughnecks forward Shawn Evans had 13 goals and 31 points in his first four games to be named the NLL player of the month for January... First overall 2012 NLL draft pick Mark Matthews also earned a league honour for January as the league's top rookie with eight goals and 19 points in his first three games as a pro... The two Alberta rivals have instituted a new wrinkle for this season, playing for the Homes by Avi Battle of Alberta Lacrosse Cup during their four regular season games against each other... Earlier in the week the Rush released forward Tom Johnson in order to make room for defender Michael Cudmore, a second-round pick (15th overall) this summer... Roughneck Geoff Snider is having a strong season as he came into the match-up leading the NLL with 11 forced turnovers, and was ranked second in both loose balls (56) and faceoff wins (84).

Geoff Snider (Photo: Dale MacMillan / NLL)

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(Photo: Dale MacMillan / NLL)
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