Roughnecks advance to 2018 NLL West Division Final

Calgary Roughnecks (Wikimedia Commons)

The Calgary Roughnecks are in the 2018 National Lacrosse League West Division Final. On Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, the Roughnecks beat the Colorado Mammoth 15-12 in the West Division Semi-Final. With the win, the Roughnecks will now face the Saskatchewan Rush in the 2018 West Division Final on May 13 at 5pm MT from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

In Saturday’s West Division Semi-Final, it was a phenomenal game for Roughnecks forward Dane Dobbie of Elora, Ontario. The 31 year-old Roughnecks veteran had six goals and three assists for nine points. It was also a strong offensive game for Wesley Berg of Coquitlam, British Columbia who co-led the Roughnecks with five assists and added two goals for seven points. Holden Cattoni of Calgary, Alberta also had five assists and notched a goal for six points.

There is no doubt that the Roughnecks will be in tough against the Rush on Mother’s Day. The Rush had the best record in the NLL during the regular season at 14 wins and four losses. The Roughnecks meanwhile were the only team during the regular season to make the playoffs with a losing record as they finished at eight wins and 10 losses.

Head-to-head the Rush beat the Roughnecks thrice during the regular season. Saskatchewan posted a 13-12 overtime win in Calgary on January 27, a 10-6 win in Saskatoon on February 24 and an 11-10 win in Saskatoon on April 28.

In the East Division Semi-Final, the Rochester Knighthawks defeated the New England Black Wolves 15-11 on Friday. Brad Gillies of Oakville, Ontario led the Knighthawks with three goals. Rochester will now face the Georgia Swarm in the East Division Final on Saturday.



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