For awhile there, it looked like Sunday’s NLL all-star game was going to be all Calgary Roughnecks.
Riggers transition player Jeff Shattler opened the scoring, and Roughnecks captain and teammate Andrew McBride made it 2-0 for the West a couple minutes later.
The lead didn’t hold up, however, as the East ran away with a 30-26 victory at the Turning Stone Casino & Events Center in Verona, N.Y.
“There was a lot of talent out there,” Shattler said of the all-offence-all-the-time tilt.
“I felt bad for the goalies. They had a lot of shots and seemed to be the butt-end of the joke.
“They were just getting lit up. It can’t be good for the confidence, but they were good sports.”
Shattler’s sympathy only went so far, though. He didn’t feel so bad for the shellshocked ’tenders after his goal.
“No, not at all.”
The 56 combined goals was a result of the NLL’s top players being turned loose.
“We were trying to put on a show for the fans,” Shattler said.
Fellow Roughnecks star Scott Ranger scored a hat-trick and added three assists in the loss.
The West was led by Washington Stealth forward Luke Wiles’ six-goal, 10-point effort.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Shawn Evans took home the MVP award after scoring four goals and a dozen points.