January 27, 2012
Riggers' Snider quick on draw
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - In baseball terms, Geoff Snider was one out away from the perfect game.
During Saturday’s meeting with the Colorado Mammoth, the Calgary Roughnecks faceoff man’s reputation of domination had the opposition conceding most draws.
On faceoffs where Scott Stewart didn’t foul to give Snider an easy possession, the Riggers transition star would simply grab the ball and go.
But, in the second half of the 13-12 overtime loss, Stewart managed to snag one. It was like a bloop single in the ninth inning.
“It was getting boring. The one loss I had, I thought he would concede it and then he swiped it out real quick,” said Snider, who upped his season average to 77.3% after going 25-of-26.
“You have to be focused every time you are out there. He lulled me to sleep.
“If they want to give me the ball every time, I will take it.”
The Mammoth obviously didn’t want to let Snider create any fastbreaks off an easy faceoff win.
Usually both teams would put two players each on either side of the restraining lines, but the Mammoth completely went into defensive mode, with all the defensive players protecting their net.
Snider has the ability to steal back momentum following an opposition goal by creating a scoring opportunity off a faceoff.
He can also turn a Roughnecks goal into a quick run of points.
The Mammoth made sure it didn’t happen, but the Riggers offence was given the ball off all but the one draw (Nolan Heavenor won both of his draws when Snider served a penalty).
“I’m sure the fans must have been wondering what was going on,” Snider said about all the fouls.
“It’s a huge compliment.
“They are respecting the fact I have the ability to do something.
“Any time a team does that, it’s flattering.
“If that’s the worse that happens, and we just get every possession, then I’m still doing my job.”
Snider doesn’t expect the same thing to happen Saturday against the Toronto Rock.
In the season opener in Toronto, Snider still went 16-7 against the combination of Stephen Hoar and Patrick Merrill, but it’s not in head coach Troy Cordingley’s nature to concede victory, even in the faceoff circle.
After this week, the Riggers travel back to Everett for a second meeting with the Washington Stealth, which means Snider will meet brother Bob again.
Bob Snider is Geoff’s biggest competition these days.
“He was complaining that his sticks are broken,” Geoff Snider said about the meeting two weeks ago.
“I didn’t tell him everything.
“The poor kid.
“I dragged him into the faceoff dot so he would have a chance to get on the floor more.
“I hope he doesn’t figure some other things out because I will be in trouble.”