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According to the National Lacrosse League website on Saturday, the Calgary Roughnecks narrowly beat the Edmonton Rush 14-13 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in National Lacrosse League action. The victory was significant because it was only the second loss the Rush have had all season long. It also gave the Roughnecks a lot of momentum heading into the postseason.

The game was an excellent one for Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Dickson scored seven goals including the overtime winner from Jon Harnett at 4:13 of the extra period. Dickson had three goals in the second quarter, two goals in the third quarter and one goal in the fourth quarter.

Daryl Veltman of Brampton, Ontario and Dane Dobbie of Elora, Ontario each had seven point games. Veltman and Dobbie each had a goal and six assists.

Dickson's offensive statistics were impressive on Saturday, but he needs to pass the ball a little bit more. The bottom line is he might be a little easier for the Rush to defend once playoff time rolls around if they are expecting Dickson to shoot the ball regularly. On Saturday, he led the Roughnecks with not only seven goals and 18 shots, but zero assists in the box score.

With the victory, Calgary improves to 11-6 and Edmonton drops to 15-2. The Roughnecks will close out the regular season on Saturday, April 26 against the Vancouver Stealth.

The Stealth meanwhile were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday evening following the Colorado Mammoth's 18-12 win over the Minnesota Swarm. With the victory, the Mammoth will play the Roughnecks in the National Lacrosse League West Division semifinal on Saturday, May 3. The game will be played at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, with the winner playing the Edmonton Rush in the National Lacrosse League West Division final the following weekend.

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