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Roughnecks clinch home playoff game with win over Bandits

Calgary Roughnecks
Calgary Roughnecks
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According to TSN, the Calgary Roughnecks clinched second place in the National Lacrosse League's West Division on Saturday evening with a 16-13 victory over the Buffalo Bandits at the First Niagara Center in northern New York state.

Shawn Evans led the Roughnecks attack with seven points (two goals and five assists). Meanwhile, Bandits veteran John Tavares scored his 800th career goal.

The Roughnecks did a great job in coming back in the contest. On five separate occasions the Roughnecks were trailing by four goals, but came through with a dominant fourth quarter where they outscored the Bandits 7-1.

With the victory, Calgary improves to 10-5 and are a full five games up on the Colorado Mammoth for second place in the West Division. With three games to go, the Mammoth or the Vancouver Stealth are unable to catch Calgary. The Roughnecks meanwhile will host either the Mammoth (5-10) or the Stealth (4-10) in the West Division semifinal.

The Roughnecks close out their regular season schedule with back-to-back games against the undefeated Edmonton Rush (April 12 in Calgary and April 19 in Edmonton) and in Vancouver on April 26.