Roughnecks Crush the Rush in Front of Sold out Crowd
Calgary, AB - The Calgary Roughnecks wrapped up the 2018-19 National Lacrosse League regular season with an 18-8 victory over the Saskatchewan Rush in front of a sold out crowd of 19,289 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
An eight-goal first quarter propelled the Roughnecks to a 14-5 lead heading into the halftime break. Calgary added four more markers in the second half to take the series 2-1. It was the first series win over the Rush since 2013.
Dane Dobbie (4g, 4a) led the point parade for Calgary in his second consecutive eight-point showing. With his first-star performance, Dobbie finished the 2018-19 campaign with a league-leading 115 points and holds the record for the second-best offensive season in franchise history, surpassing the previous record of 112 set by Shawn Evans in 2013.
Tyler Pace matched Dobbie's four-goal effort and added two assists to record a personal-best six points. Jesse King (2g, 4a) and Curtis Dickson (1g, 5a) also notched six points in front of the record breaking crowd.
Mark Matthews paced Saskatchewan with one goal and five helpers.
Roughnecks goaltender, Christian Del Bianco turned aside 37 of 45 shots on goal and finished the night with three assists, one of them on the power play, while Evan Kirk and Adam Shute made a combined 31 saves for the Rush.
Calgary now heads in to a bye-week while the Rush face-off against the Colorado Mammoth and the San Diego Seals take on the Buffalo Bandits April 27. The Roughnecks will host a home playoff game with a Saskatchewan loss and a Seals win.
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