Calgary Roughnecks strike first in NLL final series

Calgary Roughnecks' Scott Ranger celebrates with Curtis Dickson after his shorthanded goal against...

Calgary Roughnecks' Scott Ranger celebrates with Curtis Dickson after his shorthanded goal against the Rochester Knighthawks in NLL action at the Saddledome in Calgary Saturday. (MIKE DREW/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

No matter which side of the floor you focused on, the offensive talent was oozing.

Mike Poulin didn't care.

The Calgary Roughnecks goaltender stole the show Saturday night at the Saddledome, sending his squad to a 10-7 win in Game 1 of the Champion's Cup in front of the largest NLL championship crowd since 2008.

Poulin made 36 stops and was ultra-consistent throughout, holding the powerful Knighthawks to just a pair of two-goal runs on the night, giving his offence time to find a groove, which they did in the fourth quarter, scoring three straight to break open what was a 7-6 lead heading into the final 15 minutes.

A 50-goal man during the regular season — the only one in the NLL — Dane Dobbie paced the Roughnecks offence with three goals, while Scott Ranger and Curtis Dickson scored a pair apiece, and Shawn Evans, the playoffs scoring leader, chipped in with one goal and four assists.


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