The Calgary Roughnecks and Saskatchewan Rush faced off for the second time this season on Saturday night in Saskatoon. The Rush were looking to get revenge from their loss to the Roughnecks at home on February 9th by a score 17-12.
Calgary entered the game off a loss against Buffalo on February 16th, while the Rush entered the game on a two-game winning streak after falling into a three-game mid-season slump.
Tyler Pace got things going with a goal about three minutes into the game to give the Roughnecks the early 1-0 lead.
Just under one minute later, Ryan Keenan got one past Roughnecks goaltender Christian Del Bianco after beautiful passing from the Rush to tie the score at one.
The Rush scored two more goals to take a 3-1 lead. That’s when Curtis Dickson sliced past the defense on the left side and cut to the middle of the field and found the net to cut the Roughnecks’ deficit to one.
After both teams traded goals, the Rush scored four goals in a row and led 8-3 early in the second period. Below are Mark Matthews’ and Jeff Shattler’s goals.
Calgary then scored twice to cut the deficit to 8-5. Curtis Dickson and Dane Dobbie both scored for the Roughnecks. Below is Dobbie‘s goal.
Both teams traded goals the rest of the second quarter and throughout the third quarter, with Saskatchewan leading 11-8 entering the fourth quarter.
Saskatchewan scored twice to open the fourth quarter on goals by Matthews and Shattler. Shattler’s goal is pictured below.
Calgary scored once more on a goal by Dobbie, his third of the game. But it wasn’t enough as Robert Church scored twice to end the game.
Final score: Saskatchewan Rush 15, Calgary Roughnecks 9.