Calgary Clinches Home Playoff

The 10-8 Colorado Mammoth went into WestJet Field at Scotia Bank Saddle Some to battle the 10-8 Calgary Roughnecks.

A crowd of nearly 15,000 packed the building and were raucous the entire game

“It was one of the biggest crowds since the Championship Game.”- Calgary Head Coach, Curt Malawsky

Calgary takes the second spot in the West Division with the 14-11 victory

Kevin M. Neibauer.

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Big games sometimes bring out the best in great players.

That would be the case with the man they “Superman”, Curtis Dickson who was a one man wrecking crew with a sock trick and a pair of helpers.

“He’s the best goal-scorer in the world, Dicks finds a way to score, and he’s very athletic, and he’s a tough check. He played really well.

“The guys just follow him on and off the floor — exceptional leader. He stepped up — he was great.” gushed Malawsky.

How Did it Happen ..

If you are a fan of special teams, this one was for you.

A combined 8 power play goals on 13 chances with a shorthanded tally.

Just :06 in, Zed Williams was whistled on a body check call

It took all of forty two seconds for Tyler Pace and Jesse King to set up Dickson to give Calgary the early lead

Williams (2g,1a) atoned for his penalty and made it a 1-1 game on a power play goal of his own at 3:03.

The goals were coming fast with Chris Wardle hitting Eli McLaughlin (4g,2a) just forty nine ticks later to put Colorado up, 2-1.

At 4:36, Haiden Dickson teamed with Tanner Cook (2a) to get it back even

Wardle (2g,2a) matched by Dickson’s second of the quarter closed the opening 15:00 with a 3-3 score.

Second and Superman Time.

Dickson took center stage with not one, not two, not three, but four goals in a row for a natural hat-trick and a sock trick with the goal to close the first stanza, it was five in a row.

The markers in just over five minutes, 7:22, 8:14, 9:51 and 12:02.

Tyler Pace (3g,3a) and, on a transition fast break started by netminder Christian Del Bianco, Jesse King (1g,4a) to end the Dominating quartet with a 9-3 Roughnecks advantage

To the Third..

Zach Herreweyers made it 8 Calgary goals in a row on a man down situation set up Curtis Dickson and King.

Colorado caught their breath with Ryan Lee and McLaughlin setting up Connor Robinson (1g,2a) cutting the lead to 10-4.

Robinson turned playmaker for a tally from McLaughlin.

Haiden Dickson (1g,1a) and Pace made it a 12-2 Calgary run between the middle periods and heading to fourth, we had a 12-5 affair.

Comeback Time..

Colorado, having a sense of urgency ripped off a six goal run

Ryan Lee (1g,5a), with Joey Cupido (1g) hitting net just :08 later.

At 2:11 McLaughlin hit on a power play quickly followed with Lee and Robinson working the ball to Zed Williams on yet another power play at the 2:38 mark and the crowd was quieted down a bit

Things settled down until 10:38 when John Lintz (1a) dished off McLaughlin’s fourth of the night.

Two and a half minutes later we found ourselves with a 12-11 score with Lee doing the work for Wardle.

The comeback was snuffed out with Eli Salama (1g) Mitch Wilde (1g) putting the icing on the 14-11 cake.

Inside the Game:

• Shots on Goal favored Colorado, 47-44.

• Face offs went 28-15 the Mammoth way with Tim Edwards having 15 for 28.

• Zach Currier scooped 11 loose balls for the victors.

• Power plays had Colorado with 4 of 7 and Calgary 4 of 6 with the one short handed marker.

• Dickson (6g,2a), Pace (3g,3a) and King (1g, 4a) combined for an unreal, 19 points

• Dillon Ward took the loss but made 30 saves with counterpart, Christian Del Bianco stopping 36 and threw in an assist.

• Same bat time, same bat channel as the teams meet in the opening round of playoffs.

Calgary Clinches Home Playoff

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.