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Sat, Dec 3
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15
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22:00:00
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19:00:00
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WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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19:00:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
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Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
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WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
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New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
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Halifax
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
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Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
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Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
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Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
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Colorado
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22:00:00
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20:00:00
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21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
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13:00:00
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Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
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19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
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20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 15
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Vancouver
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21
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20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
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Cowtown Classic: Roughnecks Hold Off Rush, 9-8

The Calgary Roughnecks (5-10) took a big step forward in the National Lacrosse League’s playoff race by kicking off its home-and-home series with a 9-8 win against the Edmonton Rush (9-5) in front of 14,108 fans at the Roughhouse on Friday night.

The win puts the Roughnecks in playoff position after the Vancouver Stealth (4-10) fell to fourth place in the West Division standings after a loss to the league’s top team in the standings, the Toronto Rock (12-4). This is also the first time this season the Riggers have managed to string together two wins.

“It’s nice, it’s different obviously,” said Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson who had five points (4+1). “It was one of those things where we’ve got to keep it rolling, we were able to do that last year…That’s something we’ve got to do right now especially going into the playoffs, it doesn’t matter what your record is going into the playoffs it’s how you play during the playoffs…it’s a whole new season once we’re in.”

The first half was a defensive battle between the two teams. However, in the end it was the Riggers that dominated the half with goals off the sticks of Dickson, Jeff Shattler and Shawn Evans. The Rush managed to answer back with goals from Ben McIntosh (3+1), Robert Church (1+3) and Mark Matthews (2+2). The Roughnecks that many people had expected to see from the start of the year was shining through tonight.

“We’re playing with an urgency now, it’s an 18 game schedule, and we didn’t get off on a good foot… we plan on putting a veteran group together, and the veteran group is coming through right now,” Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky said.

An outstanding defensive play by the Riggers tonight helped the team succeed, and goaltender Frankie Scigliano was seeing the ball well, making 41 saves tonight.

“It was massive,” Dickson said. “It gives us so much confidence as an offense, to know we don’t have to score every time we’re out there. They’re making stops and Frankie stood on his head, it was huge obviously.”

The Rush managed to make it just a one goal game in the fourth, putting five past the ‘Necks in off the sticks of, McIntosh, Zack Greer(1+0), Adrian Sorichetti(1+0), and Matthews.

“It’s never easy against those guys, they always play us tough. Especially in our building we haven’t had a lot of success against them, it was nice to build up and early lead, obviously they came back a bit but we managed to weather the storm,” Dickson stated.

“It’s a little deflating obviously it’s just one of those things where you got to just shake it off, and say what’s next, I think we did a good job of that,” he added.

For the Rush, it was too little too late, after a scoreless third quarter, a five-goal come back in the fourth could not grasp them a win. Coaching staff will be looking to see the fourth quarter effort from their team tonight in the full sixty minutes of tomorrow’s game.

“Well I just thought that we started playing harder,” said Rush GM & head coach Derrick Keenan. “We got in the middle of the floor a little bit more, and created through that. We ran the floor harder; created some turnovers on defense as well. It really came down to compete, I didn’t think for most of the game we competed hard enough, and later on we did. I just thought they took it to us in that part of the game, for most of it, and we need to get better at that part of it tomorrow night”

After a frantic final minute that saw Calgary kill half the time off the clock before Edmonton threw several scoring chances at the net, it was close but the Roughnecks came out on top. Shots on goal were 49-42 in favor of the Rush.

“I just thought they were by far the better team tonight,” Keenan admitted. “They worked us, they won a lot of the battle…I thought they ran us at times and they played desperate; we figured they would. We didn’t really match them until late in the game…We need to be a lot better tomorrow night.”

The Roughnecks will now travel to Edmonton tomorrow, facing off against the Rush in less than 24 hours at Rexall Place. A win like this is bound to give the ‘Necks some momentum. Both teams now have its sights set on preparing for the fourth installment of the Battle of Alberta.

“We’re going into a hornets nest tomorrow night, and that’s what we’re focusing on. But it’s just nice to get this one,” Malawsky concluded.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Frankie Scigliano
2) Curtis Dickson
3) Greg Harnett

By Laura Bates (@RoughnecksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Brad Watson.

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