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!
— 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.