Dane Dobbie and Jeff Shattler both scored four goals to help the Calgary Roughnecks (1-1) beat the visiting Colorado Mammoth (1-2) by a score of 13-11 during their home opener in front of a crowd of 11,232 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night.
A five-goal-run in the second quarter gave the ‘Necks the boost they needed to come away with the victory on home turf. After coming off a disappointing loss in Toronto last week, the team looked determined to come out with a much better performance.
“We wanted to get our compete level up,” said Roughnecks assistant coach Bruce Codd. “We thought as a group we didn’t give our best effort last week and kind of got what we deserved. We just wanted to play a bit harder, and a little bit smarter too, but it basically just came down to digging in a lot more.
After both teams finished the first quarter tied 2-2, Calgary scored seven goals in the second quarter to finish the first half up 9-7.
“Momentum is so big in this sport,” added Codd. “When you have it you want to keep it, and when you don’t have it, you want to get rid of it. Once we got on a roll, it became opportunistic and it paid off.”
The effort carried into the second half, where Colorado was held scoreless. The team only registered four shots on Roughnecks netminder Mike Poulin in the third quarter. The last time any team has been held to just that many shots dates back to May 5, 2011, when Minnesota was held to a similar number by Colorado.
“I don’t think we even noticed [the shot total],” said Roughnecks transition Geoff Snider, who registered 3 goals and 4 points in the victory. “We just stuck to our game plan. [Our coaching staff] put together a great game plan, and we stuck to it tonight.”
Meanwhile the atmosphere wasn’t quite as pleased in the other dressing room. After winning a tight game over Vancouver last weekend, the Mammoth didn’t have the intensity they needed to battle a determined Roughnecks team.
Colorado forward Drew Westervelt had one word to summarize his team’s performance.
“Disappointed,” he said despite managing two goals and three assists in the game. “We just need to keep our flow moving forward and stay positive, and keep doing what’s working for us. I thought we kind of got off track a bit, and were too slow to get going again.”
The Mammoth look to rebound tomorrow night, when they head to Edmonton to take on the Rush.
“We’ve seen Edmonton before,” added Westervelt referring to their season-opening home loss to the Rush. “We know what we need to do. It’s just an execution thing that we can’t change, which is a good thing. We need to finish the ball a bit better there… I thought we had some good looks tonight, we just need to put it in the back of the net tomorrow. If we do that, we’ll be alright.”
The Roughnecks get the next week off before two back-to-back games against Edmonton and Vancouver next weekend.
“We’re just going to enjoy this win for right now,” added Snider. “We’ll get back to work this week, and be ready to go for the weekend.”
Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:
1) Dane Dobbie
2) Jeff Shattler
3) Karsen Leung