Roughnecks Show Rush No Mercy Friday
EDMONTON, AB - This Roughnecks and Rush game will not soon be forgotten by both players and fans.
The Calgary Roughnecks held nothing back from the moment they hit the turf at Rexall Place dominating the Edmonton Rush 22-10 in what was a exhilarating Battle of Alberta.
Dane Dobbie tied Lewis Ratcliff's record for most points ever scored by a Roughneck in a single game with 11 points (7g, 4a). Scott Ranger also proved to be a danger notching 10 points (4g, 6a) to tie him with Tracey Kelusky in the same record.
The Roughnecks opened up with a run of five goals, which included two from Ranger, two from Dobbie and one from Riggers' captain Kelusky,
The Rush squeaked in their only goal of the first quarter from Mike Hominuck to bring the score to 5-1.
Calgary seeing no resistance from the Rush defense added five more goals to the board ending the first quarter with a nine goal lead at 10-1.
In the second quarter, the Roughnecks Dobbie and Ranger both tallied their fourth goals of the evening with Sanderson and Toth each making additions of their own.
Callum Crawford and Dan Teat put the Rush on the board with two more goals in the second quarter, giving the Roughnecks a convincing lead going into the second half.
The Rush replaced netminder Steve Dietrich with Chris Levis to try and give their team a new backbone.
The Rush came into the second half hoping to create some new momentum to salvage the game and bring their team out of the 11 goal deficit. With tensions high and the Rush at their wits' end, Calgary's neighbour to the north started a line brawl with the each of the Roughnecks out on the turf, a mere second into the third quarter.
Edmonton's attempt to revive themselves resulted in Ryan McNish, Shayne Bennett, Chris McElroy, Jimmy Quinlan, and Jamie Floris all being rushed right off the turf for unsportsmanlike conduct. To top it off, Rush head coach and general manager Bob Hamley was removed from the game.
Roughnecks' Jeff Shattler, Matt Kilby, Scott Carnegie and Kyle Couling were all thrown from the game. The only one on the turf to escape and not receive a single penalty was the Roughnecks' Devan Wray.
The third quarter continued with a steady stream of goals starting from the Roughnecks bench. The Riggers were quick to show the Rush why they were in the lead when Dobbie and Malawsky each notched two, bringing the game to 17-3.
The Rush were able to gain some momentum from the earlier fight and collected four goals in the third quarter bringing the game to 20-7 going into the last quarter.
After a goal from Dan Teat, the Roughnecks replaced goalie Matt King with Pat Campbell to finish the game.
The last quarter saw the most dominance from the Rush all game when they scored three goals to top the Riggers two, leaving the game with a 22-10 Roughnecks victory.
Dobbie led the Roughnecks with 11 points (7g, 4a) followed by Ranger (4g, 6a), Josh Sanderson (3g, 6a), Kelusky (1g, 7a), Kaleb Toth (3g, 2a), Shatter (1g,1a) and Jeff Moleski (1a).
The Rush were led by Teat (4g, 1a) and Hominuck (2g, 3a) who each tallied five points. Andy Secore (4a), Crawford (2g, 1a), Scott Self (1g, 1a), Seller (1a), Ryan Benesch (1a), Chris McKay (1a) and Ian Hawksbee (1a) also put up points for the Rush.
The Roughnecks and Rush meet again on April 11th at 7:30 p.m. back at Rexall Place.
The Roughnecks are back on home turf Saturday, March 21st against the Colorado Mammoth at 7:30 p.m.
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