According to the Canadian Press, the Calgary Roughnecks simply have no problem beating the Edmonton Rush in the regular season. Saturday night in Edmonton, the Roughnecks tightened up defensively and defeated the Rush 18-15.
In the first meeting between the Alberta provincial rivals in 2013, the first half was very even with the game tied at 10. But in the third quarter, the Rush really struggled offensively, only scoring twice and then only three times in the fourth quarter.
With the win, the Roughnecks beat the Rush for the ninth straight time in the regular season. The Rush surprised the Roughnecks 19-11 in the first round of the Western Division playoffs in 2012.
The Roughnecks won Saturday despite being outshot 60-41. Jeff Shattler led the Riggers in scoring with two goals and six assists, but it was the third quarter play of Scott Ranger that needs to be highlighted. Ranger scored twice on the power play with the game tied at 12, and Calgary would not relinquish the lead in the fourth quarter.
The Roughnecks improve to 3-2 and into first place in the Western Division, while the Rush fall to 1-3. Calgary will play Edmonton in a rematch on Saturday, February 9 in Calgary.