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Curt Malawsky scores hat trick as Roughnecks beat Rush 10-9 in home opener
CALGARY - Curt Malawsky's third goal of the night 4:58 into overtime gave the Calgary Roughnecks a dramatic 10-9 win over the Edmonton Rush Saturday night in their National Lacrosse League home opener.
Malawsky worked himself free in front where he received Scott Ranger's pass and tucked a shot inside the goalpost behind former Calgary goaltender Steve Dietrich.
Edmonton's Dan Teat had sent the game to overtime after notching his third goal of the night with 1:26 left in the fourth quarter on a quick shot from in-close that beat Matt King.
After blowing an 8-4 lead, Calgary had regained a 9-8 lead at 9:33 of the fourth on rookie Peter McFetridge's second goal of the night and of his NLL career.
Playing his third career game, McFetridge went from villain to hero in the span of minutes as he was in the penalty box serving a cross-checking penalty when the second goal of the night for Edmonton's Jason Wulder's tied the score 8-8.
Also scoring for Calgary (2-0) were Kaleb Toth, Jeff Moleski, Josh Sanderson, Dane Dobbie, and Ranger.
Callum Crawford with two goals, Jamie Floris, and Jimmy Quinlan also scored for Edmonton (0-1).
Opening play in its fourth NLL season, the Rush are seeking their first trip to the playoffs.
Edmonton's home opener is next Friday versus the Portland Lumberjax.
After serving as Pat Campbell's back-up Friday night, King got the start for Calgary and made 29 saves.
At the other end of the floor, Dietrich got the start for Edmonton and was much busier making 48 stops.
McFetridge's breakaway goal 30 seconds into the third quarter followed by Moleski's shorthanded strike at 7:18 helped Calgary open up an 8-4 lead.
However, the relentless Rush kept battling back and just like they did in the late going of the second quarter when they reduced a four-goal deficit to two by the end of the quarter, they did it again getting power-play goals from Teat at 7:56 and Wulder at 13:57.
The score was tied 2-2 in the opening quarter when Calgary struck for three goals in less than two minutes.
The first two goals were by Malawsky, who then showed a gritty side dropping the gloves and rushing in to the defence of Tracey Kelusky after the Roughnecks captain was crushed into the sideboards by former Roughneck defender Ryan McNish.
McNish was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind for the hit, Edmonton's second major penalty of the game.
In an opening half between the two provincial rivals that featured numerous heavy hits and skirmishes, Edmonton's Andy Secore was also handed a major penalty for checking from behind.
It was while Secore was in the penalty box that Malawsky connected for his two power-play goals.
Toth extended Calgary's lead to 6-2 at 6:11 of the second quarter on a set-up by Malawsky before Edmonton got goals from Teat and Crawford to close within two goals after two quarters.
Calgary struck first when Sanderson scored 27 seconds into the game getting the crowd of 11,197 immediately into the game.
Dobbie added a shorthanded goal to put the Roughneck up 2-0 but Edmonton got back to even on goals by Quinlan and a shorthaned goal of their own from Crawford.
Notes: Toth added four assists for five points. After passing Lewis Ratcliff on the all-time goals list Friday night, Toth is now even with Ratcliff (461) for the all-time lead in points. ... Calgary made two line-up changes inserting Greg Hinman and Peter McFetridge in place of Devan Wray and Kyle Couling. ... Edmonton's line-up featured six former Roughnecks. ... Malawsky had four points to move within one point of the 500 mark for his career. ... The two remaining match-ups between Calgary and Edmonton will both take place in Edmonton.
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