The Calgary Roughnecks met the Colorado Mammoth at Ball Arena Friday night in the rubber match of their season series. Calgary was coming off a surprising loss to Las Vegas last week. Colorado was coming off a win against Panther City, but still find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture.

Calgary led by as many as 10 in a 16-10 victory, with seven different Roughnecks players scoring two goals apiece. With the win, Calgary improves to 8-4 and clinches the season series with Colorado. The Mammoth drop to 5-6, and can potentially fall a game behind Saskatchewan for the Wild Card payoff spot.

Roughnecks take no prisoners in first half

Calgary used the strength of their transition game from the get-go in order to outrun the Mammoth. Shane Simpson (2g, 1a; 3:47) struck first, then Zach Currier (2g, 2a; 6:41) followed with a shorthanded marker for a 2-0 lead. Evan Downey (1g, 2a; 6:48) scored a power play goal on the next faceoff. Rhys Duch (2g, 1a; 8:03) followed to knot the game at 2-2, but from there it went downhill for Colorado. The Roughnecks answered with a six-goal run into the second quarter. Jesse King (2g, 5a) went back-to-back at 10:29 and 11:05. Josh Currier (2g, 3a; 13:25) then added one to make it 5-2 after 15 minutes of play.

The Roughnecks continued to push the pace, as Tanner Cook (1g, 2a; 2:51), Mitch Wilde (2g; 3:57), and Haiden Dickson (2g; 10:06) got in on the action. Zed Williams (3g, 1a; 10:20) broke the run, but Dan Taylor (2g, 2a; 11:14) responded. Taylor’s goal chased Colorado goalie Dillon Ward from the game in favor of Tyler Carlson. But Carlson was greeted with Zach Currier’s second (12:09) and Dickson’s second (14:56), giving the Roughnecks an 11-3 halftime lead.

Roughnecks cruise, Mammoth outside looking in

Ward came back into the net for Colorado to start the second half. However, it was more of the same, as Josh Currier’s second (0:38) and Taylor’s second (1:06 power play) gave Calgary a 10-goal lead. The Mammoth tried to chip away at that lead, with Dylan Kinnear (2g, 2a; 2:09) and the second from Williams (7:32 power play) closing the margin to eight. Wilde netted his second of the night (and the Roughnecks’ second shorthanded goal of the game) at 7:45 to make it 14-5. Jalen Chaster (12:22) and Brett McIntyre (13:45) narrowed the gap to seven (14-7) entering the fourth quarter.

Defenseman Reece Callies scored in transition (4:04) to push the Roughnecks’ lead back to eight. Colorado put together a three-goal run in response, but it would not be nearly enough. A hat trick goal from Williams (5:16) was followed by Duch’s second (8:15 power play) and Kinnear’s second (10:10) to make it 15-10. However, Simpson scored in transition again (14:00) to cap off the series-clinching win for Calgary.

Other Stats of Note

Eli McLaughlin/Connor Robinson (COL): 3 assists each

Christian Del Bianco (CGY): 37 saves, 2 assists

Faceoff wins: CGY 8; COL 21

Zach Currier (CGY): 16 Loose balls (led all players)

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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 covers NLL, PLL, WLA, and Major Series Lacrosse for the network.