Calgary Roughnecks put a dagger in Rush Playoff hopes

Jesse King has a six-point night to lead the Calgary Roughnecks to a pivotal 14-12 win over their Saskatchewan Rush on Thursday night.

King open up the scoring only 30 seconds into the game. Robert Church would reply 56 seconds later on the power play to tie it up.

Austin Murphy would give the Rush the lead, but goals from Tyler Pace, Tanner Cook and Zach Herreheyers gave the Riggers a 4-2 lead after the first quarter.

Church scored his second of the game 52 seconds into the second quarter to bring the Rush back within one.

Then the Calgary Roughnecks would run into penalty troubles. Tyler Burton would take a holding the stick call. However, King would speed down the floor short-handed to score at 3:27 of the second to make it 5-3 Calgary.

Murphy would start a three-goal run for the Rush. Church and Mark Matthews added power play markers as the Rush jumped into the lead 6-5.

Burton would then tie up the game and King would give the Roughnecks the again.

The two teams would exchange goals with Ryan Keenan scoring for Saskatchewan and Herreweyers for Calgary. The Roughnecks held an 8-7 advantage at the half.

Each team went blow-for-blow in the third quarter. Church would open the scoring at 4:14, but Dan Taylor replied 19 seconds later.

Dan Lintner would tie it up 9-9 at 4:55. Zach Currier took a long pass from Christian Del Bianco at 8:59 to put the Roughnecks ahead again.

The Rush finished off the quarter with a two-goal run with goals from Lintner and Murphy.

The wheels fell off for the Rush in the fourth quarter. They surrendered a three-goal run with Kyle Waters, Pace and Herreweyers.

Josh Currier would get the Rush within one, but Curtis Dickson scored, flying through the crease for the insurance goal.

Top Scorers

Saskatchewan
Robert Church, 4g 4a
Austin Murphy, 3g 1a
Mark Matthews, 1g 3a

Calgary
Jesse King, 3g 3a
Curtis Dickson, 1g 5a
Tyler Pace, 2g 2a
Zach Herreweyers, 3g 1a
Christian Del Bianco, 4a

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years. For the past five years, he’s been the Saskatchewan correspondent for LaxPhilly.

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