Roughnecks down Stealth

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 PM ET

CALGARY - Early in the eighth quarter of a two-night doubleheader, things started slipping away from the Calgary Roughnecks.

Then Mike Carnegie saw his spot.

Tyler Richards sent a long lead pass out to the middle of the floor, but, before Kyle Sorensen could get his stick on it, Carnegie picked it off.

He fired it up to Dane Dobbie, who found Curtis Dickson for a trademark Superman goal through the crease, and the Washington Stealth's momentum was stifled.

Dobbie would later score the winner as the Roughnecks held on for a 13-11 victory over the Stealth in front of 8,203 fans, but the comeback might have been complete if not for Carnegie.

The Dickson goal stopped a 4-1 run that brought the Stealth (4-9) within two.

"It was an opportunistic play," Carnegie said. "Sorensen didn't anticipate it was a little shallow for him.

"I caught my stick in there. I slow played it a bit waiting for Dobbie to come off the bench.

"What can you say about Dickson? He's so clutch in tight. You can't stop that guy.

"Our offence is rolling right now, so get them the ball. It's the M.O. right now."

The win improves the Riggers to an NLL-best 10-3 record and clinches a home playoff date, not that there was any threat of not having one.

They improve to 4-3 at the Saddledome, but thanks to a 15-10 win Friday in Minnesota, their road record is a pristine 6-0, and are now tied with the Colorado Mammoth atop the West Division.

With a long trip back Saturday, the Riggers couldn't have asked for a better start.

The Stealth took penalty after penalty off the opening draw, which allowed the Riggers to build a 5-0 lead from four powerplay markers.

Scott Ranger, who earned the Spider-Man mask from teammates for player of the game, scored the first of his four goals right off the hop and the Stealth needed to expend the extra energy all game to catch up.

"When our powerplay is clicking, we're a good team," Ranger said. "A lot rides on the powerplay. It was good to get those early ones."

This one would have been ugly early if not for Stealth goalie Tyler Richards, who made 48 saves.

He robbed Jeff Shattler by sliding across the crease to cover a wide-open net. Then he stole one from Dobbie by whipping his stick into the shot.

Nolan Heavenor, who took the majority of the draws for the Roughnecks with Geoff Snider (ankle) sitting out, was robbed twice on a rush.

"He's a heck of a goalie and they are a heck of a team," Ranger said. "They battled hard against us. T-Rich played really well.

"You shoot till you are hot. It's a good motto and we followed it."

Dobbie and Shattler finished with hat-tricks, while Shawn Evans and Peter McFetridge also scored. Dobbie added four helpers for his best outing in a while, but his final goal was the best one.

Cory Conway set up behind the Stealth net and fed a perfect pass to a sprinting Dobbie, who buried the goal to make it 12-10 with 2:40 left.

Once again, the Riggers won the fourth quarter, and this one is more impressive than the past three outings (where they outscored opponents 22-0) due to a draining weekend of playing on back-to-back nights and having to travel in between.

"The guys have really learned to play with poise and patience and composure," head coach Dave Pym said. "When the chips are down, they really know how to make a play.

"The goal Dobbie scored on the nation play was huge. It was real timely. Two nights in a row. A travel day coming from the East makes it harder so full credit to every guy on the floor."

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