Riggers sweep weekend series

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

Mark Scherman hasnt scored this big a goal in his life. Granted, he has just four in the National Lacrosse League.

Scherman scored 2:30 into overtime Saturday night as the Calgary Roughnecks came from behind to beat the Edmonton Rush 12-11 in front of 10,353 spectators at the Saddledome.

The Roughnecks improve to 4-2 by sweeping the Battle of Alberta this weekend.

The Rush are in trouble in the West Division, dropping to 0-5 on the young season.

Schermans goal also kept the Riggers' perfect record intact in games on the second night of a back-to-back weekend. They are 10-0 since the start of 2007 in that scenario.

Down 11-9 early in the fourth quarter, the Riggers battled back with goals by Jeff Shattler and Curtis Dickson to tie it up.

Dickson had a hat-trick, while Jeff Shattler scored a pair for the Roughnecks, who have a bye next weekend.

Kaleb Toth, Daryl Veltman, Cory Conway, Scott Ranger, Dane Dobbie and Peter McFetridge also tallied.

The Rush got four goals from Ryan Ward and two from Gavin Prout but they are left scratching their heads at what to do now. Jimmy Quinlan, Corey Small, Brodie Merrill, John LaFontaine and Dane Stevens also scored for the visitors.

Things started to unravel briefly for the home side late in the third quarter.

Defender Dayne Michaud took a major penalty for spearing, leading to a Ryan Ward powerplay goal just 38 seconds into the fourth quarter that gave the Rush a two-goal lead for the first time.

While killing the penalty, Veltman took a checking from behind penalty to give the Rush 1:18 of a five-on-three.

But the Riggers defence came up big and goalie Mike Poulin made a couple of key saves. Right after the penalty expired, Shattler scored his second to cut the lead to one.

After another killed penalty, Dickson scored his hat-trick goal on a long submarine shot to knot the game at 11-11 heading into the final minutes.

Poulin was shaky early, allowing a couple of early goals on low shots, but he came up huge in the waning minutes, making several big stops.

It seemed Ranger was a target for the Rush defenders, and with a team-leading 16 goals coming in, who could blame them?

In the first quarter, Rush goalie Matt Disher stepped into Ranger as he was chasing a defender out of the zone. Inexplicably, Ranger was given a penalty for diving.

Quinlan smacked Ranger in the head in the second quarter after he fired a shot on Disher.

Bruce Murray drilled him in the third quarter as he was coming across the slot, and Ranger flew into John Lintz, smacking his head twice.

Ranger needed several minutes to get to his feet and left the game briefly before returning late in the third frame.

Before leaving, Ranger did make an impact. He scored a behind-the-net tuck-in goal, which is becoming his signature move, for his 17th goal of the season.


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