The Calgary Roughnecks hosted the Panther City Lacrosse Club Saturday night in a showdown for second place in the West Division. The Roughnecks were looking to bounce back after a loss to West-leading San Diego last week. Panther City was hoping to lock up the #3 seed in the West and gain ground on Calgary for a possible first-round home playoff game. However, Panther City’s playoff ticket will be delayed at least one more week, as the Roughnecks prevailed 12-5.

Roughnecks use three-goal blitz for early lead

Jesse King (3g, 3a) opened the scoring for the Roughnecks 4:44 into the game. Phil Caputo (2g, 1a; 7:33) equalized. Kyle Waters (2g, 1a; 11:27) restored Calgary’s lead to 2-1 after one quarter. The Roughnecks then took control the game in the second quarter, scoring three goals in a 75-second span. Tanner Cook (2g, 4a; 4:58), Waters’ second (5:40), and Haiden Dickson (1g, 2a; 6:12) quickly put Calgary up 5-1. King’s second goal (10:42) chased PCLC goalie Nick Damude from the game, with Cam MacLeod replacing him. Caputo scored a power play goal (11:13) to end the run and make it 6-2 at halftime.

Roughnecks cruise in second half

Tony Malcom (9:52) and Cam Wengreniuk (10:16) pulled Panther City to within two, 6-4. But Tyler Pace (2g, 4a) would go back-to-back for the Roughnecks (12:43 power play; 14:52) to restore the four-goal lead heading into the fourth quarter. Shane Simpson (1:30) and King’s hat trick goal (3:47 power play) effectively put the game out of reach early in the quarter. Will Malcom (1g, 1a; 5:28) made it 10-5, but Calgary would tack on two more goals. Josh Currier (1g, 1a; 6:07) and Cook’s second (6:41) closed the scoring. Calgary improves to 11-5 and clinches a first-round home playoff game. PCLC drops to 9-7 with the loss, and is now only a half-game ahead of Colorado (8-7) for the secure #3 seed in the West Division.

Other Stats of Note

Faceoffs: PCLC 10; CGY 11

Jonathan Donville/Mathieu Gautier (PCLC): 2 assists each

Zach Currier (CGY): 12 Loose Balls (led all players)

Christian Del Bianco (CGY): 5 GA; 31 saves

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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.