Two teams that have been struggling to score found their offensive mojo on Saturday night, with the Calgary Roughnecks taking the 15-13 victory over the Vancouver Stealth.
The Roughnecks improve to 2-2 on the season while the Stealth drop to 1-3.
Calgary got out to an early lead, scoring the first two goals of the game and staking themselves to a 5-3 first-quarter lead. Vancouver would bounce back, however, outscoring the Roughnecks 4-1 in the second frame, including two powerplay goals and a shorthanded marker.
Coming out of the locker room for the second half, the Roughnecks took the lead back again with three goals in the first 5:27 of the third quarter. The Stealth would outscore the Riggers 4-2 over the rest of the quarter, sending the two teams to the fourth in an 11-11 tie.
As with the third quarter, Calgary would go on a three-goal run to open the fourth and take the lead once again. This time they would not give it back, however, weathering a late Stealth surge to take the win.
In their previous three games the Roughnecks had not yet reached 10 goals in a game, making their 13-goal performance on this evening their best output of the season. Dane Dobbie led the way with eight points (three goals, five assists), while Curtis Dickson (4 G, 2 A) and Jeff Shattler (3 G, 3 A) each contributed six points.
Jon Harnett had an outstanding game out the back door, scoring once, adding an assist, while also pulling 11 loose balls and forcing three turnovers. Frankie Scigliano stopped 37 shots in the victory.
Logan Schuss paced the Stealth offense with nine points (5 G, 4 A) while Rhys Duch added eight points (3 G, 5 A). Eric Penney made 33 saves for Vancouver.
Next up for the Roughnecks is a trip to Saskatoon to take on the Saskatchewan Rush on Feb. 5 while the Stealth will host the Mammoth on Feb. 6.