The Washington Stealth own the National Lacrosse League’s most explosive attack.
But the Calgary Roughnecks weren’t going to blow this one.
Lefty Dane Dobbie racked up five goals, including three in the final quarter, and Jeff Shattler added four markers and five assists as the Riggers posted their highest offensive output of the season and escaped with a 17-13 victory over the Stealth in Sunday’s showdown in Everett, Wash.
“We obviously don’t want to give up as many goals as we did and we still want to have good defensive responsibilities and play our systems, but sometimes you get into those types of games, and we were fortunate that we had enough firepower in our lineup to be able to handle a game like that,” said Riggers head coach Dave Pym. “You’ve got to win all sorts of different ways in this league, and this is just another way that you learn how to win. We’re really happy about that.”
With the victory, the Roughnecks (7-3) win the season series against the Stealth (5-6) and claim control of what could be a crucial tiebreaker in the NLL’s West Division standings.
The defending champs made them earn it.
Twice in Sunday’s fourth quarter, the Stealth trimmed the lead to one. Both times, though, Dobbie responded with a clutch counter to restore the two-goal cushion.
Rookie Curtis Dickson also had a hat-trick for the Roughnecks. Daryl Veltman added two tallies, marking his first multi-goal game since arriving in Calgary, while Kaleb Toth had a pair of his own and Scott Ranger chipped in with a single.
Luke Wiles led the Stealth with four goals, while Rhys Duch, Mike Grimes, Lewis Ratcliff and Cam Sedgwick had two apiece and Eric Martin lit the lamp once.
Mike Poulin made 38 stops for the Roughnecks, outduelling counterpart Tyler Richards, who made 37 saves at the opposite end and was watching from the bench on two empty-netters late in the game.
While the Roughnecks have rolled to three straight victories on the road, the cash-strapped club can hardly wait to return to the Saddledome for next Saturday’s clash with the Edmonton Rush. It’ll be their first home game since owner Brad Banister’s plea for financial support last month.
“We’re very excited to be able to play at home again and have our fans be able to come out and cheer us instead of having other teams’ fans boo us,” Toth said. “We’ve had a good little run here on the road, but we’re all looking forward to playing in Calgary, having big crowds and hopefully making some money for Banister.”