CALGARY - The Calgary Roughnecks may be hot, but it's nothing compared to the temper of fiery Buffalo Bandits coach Darris Kilgour.
The longtime Buffalo coach was furious with his team after Calgary battered the Bandits 17-6 on Saturday night in the National Lacrosse League.
"It's pathetic. My team's pathetic. My team's stupid. I don't even know what to say about these guys right now," said Kilgour of his team, which was outshot 68-33.
"I totally question the hearts of basically everybody but about four guys on our team. Other than that, they're a bunch of bush leaguers and they don't give a (expletive)."
Leading the Calgary attack was Curtis Dickson, Scott Ranger and Dane Dobbie, who each notched three goals. Shawn Evans scored twice and added seven assists in the barrage as the Roughnecks, who made it six wins in their last seven games.
It didn't take long for Dickson to fire up the Scotiabank Saddledome crowd of 7,687, scoring the first three goals of the game.
After scoring at 0:45 and 4:22, Dickson capped off his hat trick with a shot inside the far goalpost on starting goaltender Anthony Cosmo at 7:22.
Buffalo would not get any closer than that, trailing by quarter scores of 5-0, 8-3 and 11-6.
"Dickson gave us a good start and we built off that and just kept the ball rolling tonight," said Ranger. "Hopefully we're going to peak at the right time. We're just starting to play better now. Unfortunately, the score didn't really tell how big of a battle that was out there."
Kilgour scoffed at Ranger's suggestion that his team battled, pointing to the terrible start in particular.
"All we do is talk about being mentally focused, being ready for the game, stuff like that and then they all go ya, ya, ya and they come out here and they act like they have no clue what our game plan was," Kilgour said.
"It's frustrating as a coach because we've been pretty good since I've been here and this year, we suck. I don't care what the records are, we're the worst team in the league."
Daryl Veltman also scored twice for Calgary (8-3). Scoring once each were Mike Carnegie, Jeff Shattler and Travis Cornwall.
Calgary pulled into a first place tie atop the Western Division with Colorado, who play in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
John Tavares and Luke Wiles handled all the offence for Buffalo (4-7) with three goals each. The Bandits, who fall to last in the Eastern Division, had lost six straight before reeling off back-to-back victories last weekend.
"One of the things we talked about at the start of the game was we have to come out and we have to have emotion. Our warm-up was flat, guys were just dragging around. We just thought we could just flick a switch," said former Roughneck Tracey Kelusky.
"Quite frankly, it's inexcusable because emotion is pretty easy, that's the easiest part of our job. Enjoy the moment and enjoy that you're playing professional lacrosse."
It was a chippy game throughout with the teams combining for 151 penalty minutes. Tempers really boiled over with 4:38 left in the fourth quarter as three separate fights broke out on the floor.
It was all ignited by Buffalo defenceman Travis Irving, who jumped on Geoff Snider and started hammering him with punches. Snider was not penalized while Irving was given a fighting major and ejected from the game, one of six game misconducts assessed during the melee.
While there was plenty of emotion in the late game fisticuffs, that didn't go over very well with Kilgour either.
"That's bush league. I didn't send anyone out there to do that. They took it upon themselves to do it and you know what, I don't care," said Kilgour. "That doesn't show me anything. That doesn't show me one thing. Show me you can play lacrosse, that's what I want. I don't care if you can fight."
The Roughnecks were 6-for-9 with the power play.
"We knew exactly what Buffalo wanted to do and how they play. They fell into our game plan," Evans said. "They took penalties. They ran around, they chased us. We did everything right. We killed them on the power play tonight."
Kilgour defended the play of both of his goalies, Cosmo and Mike Thompson, who came on in relief after Calgary's fifth goal.
"Completely stupid, bad play. I'm not going to blame my goalie," said Kilgour. "That score could have been 25 to six. Mikey Thompson played out of his mind."
Cosmo, 34, has yet to win in three starts for Buffalo since they acquired the veteran goalie from Minnesota earlier in March.
Notes: The Roughnecks get back to .500 at home, evening their record at 3-3. … Calgary improves to 3-4 all-time against Buffalo. … Dobbie's first-quarter goal was Calgary's 10th short-handed goal. They've only allowed three against. … Calgary F Cory Conway served his one-game suspension for an incident in the Roughnecks last game against Edmonton. Also scratched were defencemen Dan MacRae and Mike Kilby. … Buffalo made one line-up change from last weekend, inserting defenceman Ian Llord for transition Jay Thorimbert.