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Roughnecks Open NLL Final with a Win

May 18, 2019 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Calgary Roughnecks News Release

Buffalo, NY - The Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Buffalo Bandits 10-7 in Game 1 of the NLL Finals, presented by Michelob Ultra, on Saturday night at the KeyBank Center.

It was a defensive battle in the first half as the rivals entered the halftime break knotted at 2-2, Rhys Duch (2g, 2a) scoring both of the Calgary goals.

The Roughnecks' offence pushed in the second half, tallying eight goals including three by Dane Dobbie (3g, 3a) who posted a game-leading six point effort. Curtis Dickson (1g, 1a), Dan MacRae (1g, 1a), Dan Taylor (1g) and Mitch Wilde (1g) rounded out the scoring for the visitors, MacRae and Taylor both recorded their first playoff goal.

Shawn Evans led the way for the Bandits with one goal and four helpers while Josh Byrne (2g, 2a) and Corey Small (2g, 1a) each notched a pair of goals in the home loss.

Christian Del Bianco stood tall between the Calgary pipes stopping 48 of the 55 shots on goal while Matt Vinc made 34 saves for Buffalo.

Calgary now leads the best-of-three series 1-0.

The Roughnecks return home for Game 2, presented by Heritage Honda, at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, May 25. Game time is 7:00 p.m. while doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the $5 happy hour. Festivities include pub-style games on the concourse and a halftime performance by the Nova Scotiables.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 in the Student Zone, $29.52 for kids, $46.06 for adults and $32.99 for Rough House Reserved. Also available is the Family Pack for $115, which includes four tickets and a $20 food and beverage gift card. All prices are plus applicable taxes and fees and can be purchased through, or at the Scotiabank Saddledome Box Office.

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