Photo Credit: Brad Watson
By Pol Nikulin, Roughnecks beat writer for NLL.com
For the second straight week at the Scotiabank Saddledome the Calgary Roughnecks squandered a multiple goal lead and lost in overtime, this time to the Toronto Rock by a score of 14-13 in front of 7,460 fans on Saturday night.
Cam Woods buried the game-winner 1:05 into the overtime frame as the Toronto Rock improved to 2-2 after their back-to-back weekend.
“We wanted to be responsible tonight, in our first game against Calgary they created so many fast break goals,” Toronto Head Coach Troy Cordingley said. “We played smart, we were responsible when we needed to be, and we were fortunate to win.”
With 10.4 seconds to go in the game Garrett Billings tied the game forcing it to the extra fame, Billings finished the day with three goals and four assists. The Rock scored two goals within the last two minutes of regulation after Calgary took a 13-11 lead deep into the fourth quarter.
Late in the game, the Roughnecks scored an empty-net goal that was disallowed by the referees.
“They’ve been trying to make the new rules where the ball is stopped dead, over and back, we pick it up and put the ball in the net,” Roughnecks forward Shawn Evans said. “I don’t know what the referee was thinking there.”
The Roughnecks got out to a quick 2-0 lead with goals from Curtis Dickson and Dane Dobbie. Dobbie was held goal-less in last week’s game after recording six goals through the first two games, he left the game with an undisclosed injury after tallying one goal and three assists. The Rock responded with two of their own by Josh Sanderson and Garrett Billings. At the end of the first the teams were all even at three apiece.
However, the main event of the first quarter was the fight between Rock goaltender Pat Campbell and the Roughnecks Geoff Snider. The scrum happened within the first four minutes, and ended with both players receiving five-minute majors for fighting, and a game misconduct for Campbell.
“I saw his gloves come off and I knew he was ready to go. We are a team, a tough team and we don’t fight our own fights, we fight for each other,” Campbell said after the game. “First one in goes, and I was the first one in I guess.”
After letting in three straight between quarters one and two, and five within the first 18 minutes, and the Roughnecks pulled goaltender Mike Poulin in favor of Nick Rose. With the Rock up 5-3, Jeff Shattler potted two back-to-back goals to bring the game back to even. After the second quarter the teams were tied with six apiece. Additional goals in the quarter were provided by the Rock’s Drew Petkoff, who scored his first of the year, and Jon Harnett for the Roughnecks.
The third quarter provided the same framework as the other quarters, keeping the game tied, this time at 11 each. Rock forward Josh Sanderson recorded two goals and an assist in the frame, keeping Toronto in the game. Nine different players scored in the quarter. After a disallowed goal that would have made it 11-10 Toronto, the Roughnecks brought Poulin back in net.
Some big faces were out of the lineup today for both Toronto and Calgary, as Rock Captain Colin Doyle and Roughnecks Assistant Captain Kaleb Toth missed the action.
The Roughnecks beat the Rock in the first game of the season in Toronto, but the Rock returned the favor in the Saddledome.
The Roughnecks head into a bye week this week, but will return on to action on February 10 by visiting the Washington Stealth. The Rock will travel to Philadelphia for a matchup with the Wings on February 4.