Monday, December 18


WEEK 2 - There were only two games scheduled for WEEK 2 of the NLL ... 

Calgary def. Vancouver, 15 - 12 
Things kicked off in Calgary Friday night where the Roughnecks beat the Vancouver Stealth, 15-12. Both teams were coming off blow-out losses. 

Calgary showed great improvement in game 2 after a shocking performance at Rochester last week. Curtis Dickson had 3g / 3a on 20 shots, Holden Cattoni had a great 1st quarter with a natural hat-trick to lead Calgary

Rookie Zach Currier scored a highlight reel goal, also picked up seven LBs and went 3 / 5 on face offs. Jake Withers crushed the Roughnecks last week on face-offs. This week Bob Snider was back in action this and went 11 / 14 on face-offs, left the game early due to an injury. 

I see both teams battling for 3rd place, and the final West playoff berth as the season progresses. Whichever team improves on its defense and settles their goaltending, will have the edge on making it to the post-season. Vancouver has let up 15 goals in both games. 

Both Teams are on a bye next week. 

There was a solid crowd of 9,708 on hand in the Saddledome

Saskatchewan def. Toronto, 17 - 9 
If you've read our Western Conference preview than you know that we think that Saskatchewan could be a juggernaut, and you saw why on Saturday, as they beat the Rock (in Toronto), pretty easily. 

The Sask defense is big, athletic and imposing. Evan Kirk had a great debut for Sask, making 39 saves in goal. On offense the Rush look lethal with Mark Matthews, 1g, 4a, distributing the ball  to the likes of Ben McIntosh 5g, 1a

The face-off battle must be mentioned as Jeremy Thompson and Brad Kri had a great battle. Thompson was 12 / 21 on FO, 1a, 12 LBs. Kri went 11/18 with 14 LBs

Bill Hostrawser and Mike Messenger had a very entertaining fight in the 4th. Messenger was left with a cut over his eye from the bout. 

Matthews seemed to pick up a slight injury -- may be something to keep an eye on. 

Toronto needs to pick up their goals for. They have yet to hit double digits in the first two games. As a team they are shooting last in the league. To be fair to them though they have run into two really hot goalies in Alex Buque (Buffalo) and Evan Kirk (Sask). Brett Hickey led the Rock offense with 3g, 1a. Brodie Merrill added 10 more LBs. Sask has their home opener next week against New England, while the Rock will host Buffalo on December 30th. 

Toronto falls to 0-2, they have been held to 10 or less goals in both games played. To be fair to the Rock offense, both goalies they faced (Alex Buque, Evan Kirk) were on fire in net. 


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