Calgary Roughnecks take NLL championship in overtime victory
The Calgary Roughnecks have officially proven themselves to be the best team in the National Lacrosse League.
YYC’s own took the title following a stunning 14-13 overtime victory on Saturday night, besting the Buffalo Bandits in a three-game series after just two contests.
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The Roughnecks’ Rhys Duch was the hero of the night when he buried an overtime goal just 1:12 into the do-or-die extra frame, and his teammate Dane Dobbie was named the Finals MVP after ending the postseason with 12 goals and 14 assists.
Rhys Duch in OVERTIME!
The @NLLRoughnecks are the 2019 NLL Finals Champs 🏆#BUFvsCGY #NLLFinals pic.twitter.com/KtiBzt05zA
— NLL (@NLL) May 26, 2019
Christian Del Bianco, a 21-year-old hailing from Coquitlam, BC, stood strong between the pipes for the Roughnecks, finishing off the postseason with 181 saves, a 0.838 save percentage, and 241.12 minutes played — more than any other goalie in the league.
It was a packed house at the Scotiabank Saddledome to witness the big win, which marked the first time that the team took the championship in 10 years.
— Calgary Roughnecks (@NLLRoughnecks) May 26, 2019
Since its origin in 2001, the team has been awarded the Champions Cup just three times; winning it all in 2004, 2009, and now in 2019.