Roughnecks' Great Dane in control

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:27 PM ET

Dane Dobbie had trouble sleeping last Friday night and it had nothing to do with the rumbling late-night bus ride to Rochester.

After the Calgary Roughnecks lost 9-8 to the Toronto Rock at the Air Canada Centre, all Dobbie could think about was his two penalties that led to goals.

Whats worse is they were both in the offensive zone, well away from his own net and a scoring threat.

We lost the game by one goal and they got two goals, one on each of my penalties, said Dobbie, whose second one came in the fourth quarter.

The way I looked at it,

I had lost the game. You have to move on from it and you learn from them.

I wont be taking penalties in the offensive end anymore.

The following night, Dobbie made up for it with three goals and four assists in a

11-9 win over Rochester.

More importantly, he took zero penalties after two straight games with two minors in each.

I owed the team and

I wanted to get it back on track, Dobbie said.

Both of Dobbies infractions were in the same manner.

After the offence lost the ball, Dobbie chased the ball carrier and wrapped his stick around his body to take a holding call.

The 23-year-old cant be faulted for trying hard, but he has to pick his spots better.

Hes an emotional guy, and sometimes, his emotions get the better of him, said Riggers head coach Dave Pym.

In part, its our fault for not being as hard on him as we should be when he starts to lose emotional control. He was one of best players the entire weekend. Its real hard to be hard on him.

A couple of infractions might not be so devastating, except the Riggers penalty kill is struggling now worse than the powerplay.

The Rock went 5-for-6 with the man-advantage, while the Knighthawks went 2-of-4 and the Riggers dropped to 10th in the NLL for penalty killing.

The Riggers powerplay is now seventh after it went

5-of-9 against Rochester, but its still only clicking at a

41.7% success rate.

The team has allowed a league-high 12 shorthanded goals.

I still believe five-on-five nobody matches up with us, Pym said.

Dobbies emotions are on display every time the Roughnecks score.

He has a habit now of jumping into the glass when he finds twine, but he doesnt

go quite as hard as Jeff

Shattler, who jumps on the dasher.

I would probably hurt myself if I did that, Dobbie said. I get excited when

everybody scores. Its a motivator and it helps the team out.

I learned that from (assistant coach and former player) Curt Malawsky. If you watched him, you would see he would go crazy when someone scored. He coached me for three years and he taught me that. If you celebrate a goal, it pumps the rest of the team up. Just look at Alex Ovechkin in hockey.


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