Roughnecks Stay Alive With Crucial Win Over Albany

The Calgary Roughnecks welcomed the Albany FireWolves to Scotiabank Saddledome Friday night for a Week 17 matchup. Both teams were coming in on losing streaks: Albany at two, Calgary at three. For the FireWolves, they could clinch a playoff berth with a win. Calgary had other plans, namely keeping their playoff hopes alive. Wearing Black Widow-themed jerseys for MarvelTM Super Hero Night, the Roughnecks escaped with a 10-9 victory in overtime. The win improves them to 6-8, tying them for 9th place with New York in the Unified Standings. Albany is now 10-5, having lost three straight. They remain in 3rd place but could fall one game behind San Diego (who they lose a tiebreaker to), and two games behind Toronto (who they play in Week 19) by the end of the weekend.

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Second quarter shutout gives Roughnecks slim halftime lead

In typical fashion, Shane Simpson scored in transition (2:51) to give the Roughnecks a 1-0 lead. Jesse King followed at 3:23 to make it 2-0. Albany responded with a four-goal run to end the quarter. Sam Firth (7:38), Jackson Nishimura (8:47), Tye Kurtz (9:09), and John Piatelli (9:34) gave Albany a 4-2 lead after 15 minutes of play. The second quarter was all Calgary, as King’s second (9:36) and a pair of goals from Tyler Pace (10:09; 11:34 power play) put the Roughnecks up 5-4 at the half.

Roughnecks escape in overtime

The teams traded goals to start the second half, with Haiden Dickson (1:24) and Pace (7:42 power play) scoring for the Roughnecks, and Kurtz (5:26 power play) and Simmons (8:41) scoring for Albany. Pace’s fourth of the night (9:50 power play) and Eli Salama in transition (13:59) put Calgary up 9-6 entering the fourth quarter. But the FireWolves would return the shutout favor to Calgary in the fourth. Kurtz’s hat trick goal (0:47) and a pair from Travis Longboat (5:28; 9:03) tied the game at 9-9 and forced overtime. Goaltenders Doug Jamieson and Christian Del Bianco both made stellar saves in the extra frame. However, Tanner Cook would eventually find the net (3:36) for the game-winner.

Other Stats of Note

FireWolves: Kurtz (3g, 2a); Longboat (2g, 1a); Simmons (1g, 2a); Firth (1g, 2a); Piatelli (1g); Nishimura (1g); Ethan Walker (4a)

Roughnecks: Pace (4g, 2a); King (2g, 3a); Dickson (1g, 2a); Simpson (1g, 1a); Cook (1g, 1a); Salama (1g); Logan Schuss (2a)

Zach Currier (CGY): 1a,13 Loose Balls (led all players), 2 Caused Turnovers (led all players)

Christian Del Bianco (CGY): 46 saves, 1a

Calgary remaining games: Saskatchewan/at Saskatchewan Week 19; at Buffalo Week 20; Panther City Week 21

“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.