Sunday, February 19, 2012

Roughnecks Shut Down Rush

By Avry Lewis-McDougall
The Calgary Roughnecks showed once again why the Battle of Alberta has been a one sided affair.
Calgary got the win on Saturday over Edmonton in a 12-8 game thanks to Mike Poulin, who made 41 saves in the victory, and Curtis Dickson, who had a hat trick. These were two key cogs to lead the Roughnecks to the victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The majority of the 1st Quarter was a defensive battle until Dickson opened up the scoring for the Roughnecks late in the period, which also saw the shot clock get taken out behind the Edmonton net which resulted in pure comedy. Zack Greer was able to tie the game up and Corey Small scored to make it a 2-1 game to end the first quarter and it looked as if the Rush would be able to build on this momentum even though Poulin was a wall in net for Calgary.
The 2nd Quarter was a complete turnaround for Calgary thanks to goals from Darryl Veltman, Curtis Dickson again and super pest Geoff Snider (thanks to Mike Poulin and his wonderful passing from the crease), along with the Rush Power play having no fire at all. The Rush, went 1-5 on the power play and just couldn't find the net in the frame which started the club's downfall for the night. Mike Poulin showed why he is the Calgary starter, robbing guys like Ryan Ward and Corey Small in the 2nd frame. Going into halftime with the score 5-2 the Calgary pressure D was making things rough for Edmonton.
The Rush came out with life in the 3rd thanks to goals from Ryan Ward, Scott Evans and Jarret Toll and Corey Small but Darryl Veltman who had been on fire all game long made sure that his club hung around as they ended the 3rd all square at 6.
The 4th saw the Roughnecks pull away as Jeff Shattler, Curtis Dickson, Travis Cornwall and Shawn Evans put the nail in the coffin for the game. The Rush did get some O from Tom Johnson and Scott Evans but it was too little too late as the Roughnecks got the win.
The lack of quality shots getting to the net really sunk Edmonton, this easily could have been an Edmonton win, but you have to give credit to Calgary for their relentless D all game long as well as to Mike Poulin being a rock in the net.
Three Stars:
#1 CGY Mike Poulin- 41 Saves, 2 assists in the game.
#2 EDM Corey Small, one of the bright spots for Edmonton on the night with 4 points.
#3 CGY Curtis Dickson, a heck of a game for him as he had a 5 points on the way to victory.
Honourable Mention/4th Star
Geoff Snider for his impressive 20 loose balls, plus a goal and two assists. I won't put him in the three stars for his post game antics, being a "you know what" disturber is fine during the 4 quarters of play but when you are shoving guys in the post game handshake line that is something that I have a real issue with. Some folks still want to get rid of the handshakes and pushing an opposing player in the line doesn't help.
Other Notes:
-RIP Shot clock you took one for the team in the 1st Q.
-Gene Principle doing NLL games is fantastic.
-Who else saw that Sportsnet had the wrong heading for both goalies in pre game? i.e.: script saying Arron Bold when they were showing Mike Poulin
The Roughnecks move to 4-2 on the season and the Rush are now at 1-4. Edmonton comes home to play Philly and Calgary takes on Colorado in Denver. Both games are on February 24th.

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