ROUGHNECKS KEEP DOOR OPEN FOR 1ST IN WEST

The Calgary Roughnecks traveled to Dickies Arena to face the Panther City Lacrosse Club in the final regular season game for both teams. While PCLC secured their first playoff berth in franchise history the previous week, a win in their home finale would keep them a game ahead of #4 seed Colorado. Likewise, the Roughnecks could still attain the #1 seed in the West with a win and two San Diego losses.

That quest to win the West remained alive, as Calgary came back from an 8-5 halftime deficit for a 13-12 victory. The win improves the Roughnecks to 13-5, setting a new franchise record for regular season wins. Panther City completes their regular season at 10-8; they drop to fourth place with the loss, but can still end up the #3 seed if Colorado loses their last two games.

Roughnecks trail after fast first half

Tanner Cook (2g, 2a; 0:32) got things going for the Roughnecks, but PCLC answered with a pair of their own. Callum Crawford (2g, 3a; 6:19) and Jonathan Donville (2g, 4a; 9:15) put Panther City up 2-1. Zach Herreweyers (10:23) equalized for Calgary, grabbing a rebound before goalie Nick Damude could and burying it on the doorstep. PCLC would get another pair of quick strikes from Josh Medeiros (11:57) and Mathieu Gautier (1g, 1a; 12:47), but Dan Taylor (2g, 1a) would get a dunk with four seconds left to cut the Panther City lead to 4-3 after one quarter.

Panther City would keep up the pressure in the second quarter, with tallies from Will Malcom (1g, 3a; 0:53), Liam Patten (1g, 1a; 6:09), Nathan Grenon (2g; 6:34), and Patrick Dodds (1g, 1a; 11:34). The Roughnecks got markers from Zach Currier (1g, 1a; 2:39) and Taylor’s second (9:16) to make it 8-5 going into halftime.

King, Dickson power Roughnecks’ comeback

Haiden Dickson (2g, 1a; 3:16) made it 8-6 to start the third quarter, but Donville scored his second 18 seconds later to push the PCLC lead back to three. Jesse King (3g, 3a; 4:32) and Jeff Cornwall (1g, 1a; 8:04) in transition trimmed the Roughnecks’ deficit to one. Crawford netted his second on a power play 46 seconds after Cornwall to make it 10-8, but Calgary would go on a three-goal run into the fourth quarter.

King went back-to-back (11:55; 0:57 fourth quarter) to tie the game, and the Roughnecks took the lead when Curtis Manning scored in transition (3:20). Phil Caputo (1g, 1a; 3:42) quickly leveled the game at 11, but Cook (7:50) and Dickson (8:48) each notched their second to give Calgary a two-goal lead. Grenon’s second (13:32) closed the gap to one, and Panther City would get another pair of chances to tie the game. The first came with 23 seconds left, when Calgary was whistled for two infractions, including Manning closing his hand on the ball inside the crease. PCLC was awarded a penalty shot, but Roughnecks goalie Christian Del Bianco was up to the task, stopping Crawford’s attempt. The ensuing power play came up empty in the dying seconds, and Calgary made team history with a record-setting win.

Other Stats of Note

Faceoffs: CGY 16; PCLC 14

Saves: Christian Del Bianco (CGY) 36; Nick Damude (PCLC) 40

Zach Currier: 10 Loose Balls (led all players)

Josh Currier (CGY): 6 assists

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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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