It’s often said lacrosse is a game of runs, and when the Calgary Roughnecks welcomed the Georgia Swarm to the Scotiabank Saddledome Saturday night, the saying held true.
Unfortunately for the Roughnecks (1-3), the Swarm’s (1-3) third quarter run of six straight goals was too much to overcome, as they fell 15-12 in front of 11,843 fans.
“You could probably say that changed the momentum of the game,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky.
The Roughnecks led 9-6 before the Swarm went on their run to take the lead at 12-9. The home team didn’t lay over and die though, bringing the deficit to just one goal by the end of the third quarter, showing resiliency in the comeback attempt.
“Our guys were able to battle through the adversity we talked about at the half, and got it back to within one, and then it’s right there,” said Malawsky. “I’m proud of them. They gave it everything they got. That’s a team right there that’s not quitting, that’s battling and showed a passion.”
The Roughnecks were in a good spot at the half, holding a 8-6 lead over the Swarm. They extended their lead to 9-6 to start the third quarter, but the Swarm took over from there.
Roughnecks goaltender Frank Scigliano allowed 11 goals on 35 shots, before eventually relinquishing the net to Christian Del Bianco who made 13 saves on 17 shots.
On the other side of the field, Swarm goaltender Mike Poulin was solid as usual, stopping 45 of the 57 shots he faced.
Despite the loss, Roughnecks forward Wesley Berg had himself another stellar outing with six points (four goals, two assists).
Berg said it was nice to get on the scoresheet as much as he did, but he gave a lot of the credit to his line mates.
“It’s just a testament to our offense playing as a unit,” said Berg. “We get better shots and better opportunities when we play this way, and it just so happened I got some goals out of it this game.”
Despite falling to 1-4, Berg said it’s important for them to try focus and build on the positives heading into the bye week.
He said the offense did a lot of things well, which was a big improvement from the last couple games.