Roughnecks Double Up Warriors

Eduardo Curros – Pacific Correspondent, All Lacrosse All The Time

Week 8 in the National Lacrosse League finished up with the Calgary Roughnecks (1-2) visiting Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Warriors (1-3) Saturday night. The Curt Malawsky era in Vancouver has gotten off to a shaky start, although a franchise-record crowd of 11,457 attended Country Night at the arena. Calgary got a combined 17 points from Tanner Cook, Jesse King, and Josh Currier as they doubled up the Warriors 14-7 to move up to .500 on the year. Vancouver falls to 1-4.  

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Warriors keep it close in the first but get shut out in the second

The Roughnecks started with a three-goal run to take a commanding lead. Jesse King opened the scoring with help from Tyler Pace at 2:14. Josh Currier followed up with an unassisted goal at 6:08. Then Haiden Dickson scored with help from Tanner Cook and Eli Salama at 8:11. Riley Loewen put the Warriors on the board with help from Ryan Martel and new acquisition Brad McCulley at 8:43.

Calgary went back up three with another Josh Currier goal at 9:44. Kyle Killen cut the lead again for the Warriors with help from Ryan Dilks and Keegan Bal at 10:10. Calgary scored yet again on the powerplay with King netting a pass from Cook and Currier at 11:59. The Warriors would fight back with two consecutive goals from Martel at 13:11, and Kevin Crowley from Loewen at 13:37 to end the period with Calgary leading, 5-4.

Calgary kept the lead and ran with it as Cook had a natural hat trick with three different players assisting. At 0:50, Cook scored on a pass from Ethan Ticehurst, then at 1:31 on a pass from Tyler Pace. Finally, Cook added a powerplay goal from Dickson and King at 11:38. Currier expanded the lead at 14:28, with a pass from King. Jeff Cornwall closed the period scoring with one second remaining to give the Roughnecks a 10-4 halftime lead. 

Warriors searching for answers

The second half started with Cook pushing the Roughnecks lead with help from Zach Currier and Harrison Matsuoka at 4:59. Jackson Suboch scored his first goal as a Warrior at 9:45, but Calgary made Vancouver pay the price again with a powerplay goal from King and Pace assisting at 13:04. Adam Charalambides ended the scoring for the quarter thanks to help from Crowley and Tyson Kirkness at 13:47. The Warriors needed an offensive effort, but all they got was a single goal from Martel 1:30 in. Calgary scored twice to end the game: Shane Simpson from Salama at 7:14 and Cook from King at 14:37. Roughnecks goalie Christian Del Bianco made 48 saves in the win.

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.

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