The New York Riptide traveled up north to Calgary to play the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday, February 2nd, for the first time since 2020. Almost four years later, the Riptide returned to Calgary with a brand-new roster and were able to get their first win against the Roughnecks in the team’s history. The Riptide have now won their third straight game after a 3-1 January, which is tied for the best record in the league during that stretch. The Riptide continues to rise the new unified standings, as the Riptide would make their first playoff appearance if the season ended today. Jeff Teat has elevated his game to a new level in the past five games, with 4+ goals in each game.
Christian Del Bianco narrowly edged out Jeff Teat last year for the MVP, becoming just the second goalie ever to win the prestigious award. Teat got his revenge in the opening quarter, scoring the Riptide’s first goal of the game off a feed from Connor Kearnan to get the Riptide on the board. Josh Currier & Jeff Teat lit the lamp twice in the first quarter for their respective teams, along with a Jay Thorimbert goal to end the opening stanza with the Riptide leading 3-2.
After a Kiel Matisz scored with three Roughneck defenders draped all over him to make the game 4-2, Jesse King and the Roughnecks took control of the second quarter, scoring four out of the final five goals in the quarter to go into halftime up 6-5.
The game continued to be back and forth in the third quarter as the teams traded goals until Steven Keogh, Jeff Teat, and Larson Sundown were able to rattle off three straight goals to give the Riptide a 10-8 lead. Haiden Dickson got Calgary within one goal, but after Connor Kearnan reextended the lead to two goals just over a minute later, the Roughnecks could not mount a comeback.
The Riptide are now 4-4 and are in the playoff picture for the first time this season. The Riptide are in search of their first playoff berth in the teams’ history. After another strong performance against Calgary, Jeff Teat has reclaimed the lead for points as well as goals this season. Jeff Teat led the NLL in points last year, just one point short of Dhane Smith’s record of 137 points in a season.
The New York Riptide will return home after this game to play the San Diego Seals on February 10th. The last time the Seals came to Long Island they were able to escape with a 15-14 win in the season opener last year. Wes Berg scored the game-winner in that one off a feed from Dane Dobbie. Calgary will return to action tomorrow, February 3rd, as they will play the second half of a doubleheader this weekend. Calgary will play the Toronto Rock on the third as well as next weekend in a Home & Home matchup. For anyone interested in attending the Riptide’s game on February 10th, tickets and additional experiences can be purchased here: https://newyorkriptide.com/tickets/all-tickets/