Shawn Evans scored three goals to lead the way for Calgary (0-1). Also scoring was Curtis Dickson with a pair, Geoff Snider, Jeff Shattler, rookie Joe Resetarits, Aaron Pascas, Daryl Veltman and Andrew McBride.
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After Toronto scored first in the fourth quarter, the Roughnecks made another surge with three unanswered goals to climb back to within one goal, the latter two scored by Dickson at 7:21 and Snider seven seconds later to send the crowd into a frenzy and set up a wild finish.
Trailing 11-10 and with the crowd in a frenzy, Calgary came close several times to tying it before Toronto regained a two-goal cushion on Beirnes’ second goal of the night at 11:51 of the final quarter. That goal was set up by Colin Doyle, who finished the night with a game-high five assists.
Beirnes scored again less than two minutes later to put the game away and finish off a five-point night.
Rose had 45 saves to record the victory for Toronto. The Roughnecks outshot the visitors 56-48.
The loss spoiled the debut of new Calgary head coach Curt Malawsky, who became the Roughnecks’ sixth coach in their 12-year history when he took over for Dave Pym in the off-season. Malawsky spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach.
Tied 2-2, the Rock took the lead for good at 12:53 of first quarter when Manning struck on the power play. Taking advantage of some holes in the Calgary defence, Toronto extended its lead to 6-3 on back-to-back breakaway goals 33 seconds apart.
First, Gamble made good at 11:44 after being sprung by a long pass from Rose. Then, Hobbins beat Poulin from in close after being hit on the run by a perfect pass from Bill Greer.
NOTES: Toronto and Calgary were the best teams of the regular season last year, although neither advanced to the Champions Cup. . . . Dane Dobbie did not play as he served a one-game suspension for a game misconduct in the Roughnecks’ season-ending playoff loss last May to Edmonton. . . . Calgary played its first game since the Dec. 20 retirement of Kaleb Toth, who had been with the team since it joined the NLL in 2001. Toth is the Roughnecks’ all-time leader in games played (16), goals (274) assists (354) and points (628). . . . Pascas was acquired from the Rock in the off-season. The native of Port Coquitlam, B.C., scored 15 goals in his rookie year in 2011 but was suspended for the entire season last year for refusing to move to Toronto. . . . Calgary falls to 9-15 all-time against Toronto and 5-7 at home.