Sunday, January 8, 2012

Roughnecks Defeat Rock In 2012 Season Opener

The NLL opened its season Sunday night with the Calgary Roughnecks facing off against the Rock in Toronto.  On this night 2 significant things took place at the ACC:
  1. The Rock raised their championship banner from last year
  2. Matt Roik started his task to step in for the retired Bob Watson
Quick Recap:

The first quarter was all Toronto as the Rock stepped up to a 5 nothing lead at the end of the opening  quarter. Josh Sanderson, Garrett Billings, Sandy Chapman, Stephen Hoar, and Kasey Beirnes all tallied in the first.

The Second quarter opened with Cory Conway getting the Roughnecks on board and Blaine Manning taking it right back for Toronto just 34 seconds later. Dane Dobbie then scored  a beautiful behind the back shot that tarted a 6 goal run by Calgary that included goals from Mike Carnegie, Shawn Evans, Daryl Veltman, and Jeff Shattler. It may have looked like Toronto's power would be to much for the Roughnecks, but they came back and had the score tied at 8 going into the 4th quarter. 

Scott Ranger put up his 2 goals on the night to put the Calgary up 10-8, before Dan Carey potted his second of the night to cut the lead to 1. 

The biggest goal of the game came when Dane Dobbie took the ball to the net and and crease-dove to score and put the game away. The goal went under review and was definitively a close call. I personally gave it the thumbs up and so did the referees. Dobbie completed the hat-trick on an empty netter and Calgary took home a 12-9 victory. 

Top Shooters:

Scott Ranger (Cal)

Shawn Evans (Cal)

Josh Sanderson (Tor)
Dan Carey (Tor)
Dane Dobbie (Cal)
Kasey Beirnes (Tor)

Players Of The Game:

Calgary: Dane Dobbie- Dobbie had 3 goals and 3 assists as well as the most important goal for his team.

Toronto: Matt Roik- Roik shut out the Roughnecks in the first quarter and made 44 saves with a few big ones down the stretch. The game might not have turned out favorable for him, but the loss was in no way his fault. 

What's Next:
Toronto heads down to Buffalo to face the Bandits, while Calgary travels to Washington to go head to head with the Stealth.

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