Roughnecks sniper heads to old stomping grounds

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

CALGARY - Not only is Shawn Evans headed for a homecoming as one of the hottest players in the NLL, he also goes there as the reigning player of the week from the first salvo he threw against his former team.

After three goals and six assists in a 15-14 win against the Rochester Knighthawks Friday, the Calgary Roughnecks righty is on fire.

Now, the 25-year-old should have motivation to perform Saturday in front of the fans who used to support him.

"I know he's excited to come back to Rochester, where he had a lot of memories," head coach Dave Pym said.

Evans spent six seasons with the Knighthawks before getting traded to the Riggers at the draft last September.

The K-Hawks picked up a first-round pick in the deal, and they used it to take forward Johnny Powless, who is the NLL's rookie of the week for his three-goal, four-assist outing in Calgary.

Over the last four games, Evans scored 26 points in helping the team to a six-game winning streak.

His effort is rubbing off on the rest of the offence.

"His character and competitiveness is off the charts," Pym said. "There's a reason he's won Minto Cups, Mann Cups and NLL championships at a young age.

"He has 10-plus years left in him. He's the type of guy who makes everybody on the floor better.

"When we lost Tracey (Kelusky) and Josh (Sanderson) through trades, he was the type of player we were missing. Certainly having him this year is a large part of why we're having the success we're having."

The Riggers (11-3) have just two road outings left before they open the playoffs at home May 5.

They may have to play Saturday without defender Jon Harnett, who took a hard hit last Friday and left to clear his head.

"He was run over pretty good," Pym said. "He will be a game-time decision.

"We're pleased with the depth we have. If he can't go, someone will take his place."

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