After trailing for most of the game, Curtis Dickson scored three goals late in the game—including the game winner in overtime—to give the Calgary Roughnecks the come-from-behind victory over the Colorado Mammoth Saturday night.
With only two-and-a-half minutes remaining in regulation, Dickson sprung out of the penalty box after a successful Roughnecks penalty kill and almost immediately received a flip pass from Shawn Evans which Dickson converted into the game-tying goal.
Only 30 seconds later, it was Dickson scoring the go-ahead goal on an almost identical feed from Evans, who had a game-high 10 points on the night.
With the clock winding down, Sean Pollock of the Mammoth brought the Mammoth back even on a quick stick shot off an Adam Jones feed.
But Dickson would seal the deal just 21 seconds into sudden death overtime. Once again it was Evans feeding Dickson as he slashed to the front of the net, snapping a shot past Tye Belanger’s left shoulder.
After Dane Dobbie opened the scoring for Calgary early in the first quarter, Colorado answered with four straight goals, two to end the first quarter and two more to open the second. The Mammoth were able to widen the lead to as much as five goals in the second quarter before a late goal by Calgary closed the gap to 7-3 going into the halftime break.
The Roughnecks were able to narrow the gap to two goals before the end of the third frame, but it wasn’t until Curtis Dickson went on his late-game run that they were finally able to even the score.
Belanger stopped 39 shots in the losing effort and looked very good for most of the game as he continued to establish himself as the new No. 1 goalie for the Mammoth.
Jordan McBride led the Colorado offense with seven points (2+5) while John Grant Jr. had three goals and three assists.
Evans’ 10-point night extended his lead in the NLL scoring race, pushing him to a career-high 82 points. Dickson finished with four goals and an assist while Dane Dobbie added two goals and four assists.
Mike Poulin had the big game Calgary needed, turning aside 32 shots and making a huge stick save on Jones early in the game to keep things close.
With the win, the Roughnecks move into a three-way tie with the Edmonton Rush and Washington Stealth for first place in the West at 7-5 while Colorado drops to a league-worst 4-8 record.