CALGARY - The hat-trick was nice, but the final goal cost Geoff Snider an important date.
Luckily for the Calgary Roughnecks transition star, his teammates managed to beat the Washington Stealth without him last Saturday.
A night earlier in Minnesota, Snider was perfect at the faceoff dot in 28 attempts, assisted on two goals and scored three himself.
The final one, going into an empty-net, caused him to get tangled with an opponent and sprain his ankle.
He finished that game, but 24 hours later, missed facing off against brother Bob. With Geoff in the pressbox, Bob won 26-of-28 draws against the Riggers, although the home side won the game 13-11.
"It was the best of all situations," Geoff said. "Bobby did really well "¦ but the boys really stepped up on a difficult back-to-back night.
"We came out with the win. It was a good weekend for our group and a family member."
With the win, the Riggers clinched a home playoff berth Saturday, May 5 at the Saddledome (7 p.m.) against an yet-to-be-determined opponent.
The NLL announced Wednesday that Geoff Snider was the transition player of the week for the fourth time this season.
He's still a game-time decision for Friday's home outing with the Rochester Knighthawks, but he is feeling better after working with Calgary Stampeders trainer Pat Clayton this week.
The Riggers (10-3) are locked in a battle for first place in the West Division with the Colorado Mammoth (10-3), so the next goal is to clinch the league's best overall record.
"Having home-field advantage is huge," Snider said. "We get booed everywhere we go.
"I would rather be in a position where you need to cultivate some enthusiasm in your own arena than killing enthusiasm in someone else's."
Snider was looking to exact some revenge on his brother for the Riggers' playoff loss a year ago at the Saddledome.
This season, the Stealth have dropped three games to the Riggers, but Bob is doing well for them, winning 71.5% of his faceoffs.
With one more game under his belt, Bob leads Geoff with 241 faceoff wins to 240, although Geoff's average is higher at 77.9%.
"We came into (a kids') camp last week and sticking his chest out about being the faceoff wins leader," Geoff said. "I lost a game so he's now in the lead.
"We both do a lot of work with coaching in the community and there were a lot of kids who wanted to see us go head-to-head too. So it was tough to watch."
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