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The 2001-2002 season welcomed four expansion teams into the league: the New Jersey Storm, Montreal Express, Vancouver Ravens, and Calgary Roughnecks. Two of those teams, one of which is still in existence, took part in this historic game that saw the most goals in a game and by one team in NLL history.
On November 24th, 2001 the Montreal Express traveled to the Calgary Roughnecks in both franchise’s inaugural games. The game turned out to be a very lopsided affair as Montreal routed Calgary 32-17, and in-part rewrote the NLL record books. The 32 goals by Montreal is the most by a team in a single game and the 49 combined goals are the most in a single game, as well.
In addition to the scoring, the 155 penalty minutes between the two teams also broke the record for most penalty minutes in a single game. This was also the first NLL game in Calgary, so it truly was a very historic game nonetheless.
In the game, John Kilbride scored twenty-two seconds in, recording the first goal in franchise history for Calgary. Montreal scored just a few minutes later to get their first goal in franchise history, as well. Both teams traded goals for the early part of the first, but Montreal soon exploded and never looked back. Tracey Kelusky and the Montreal Express simply turned on the jets and burned the Roughnecks.
Montreal held a 10-3 lead heading into the second, and while Calgary certainly started to put up more of a fight Montreal was able to hold onto and grow their lead. They held a 23-16 lead at the end of the third and continued to pile on in the fourth, winning 32-17.
As in many similar cases, tempers started to flare with the score being so lopsided and plenty of penalties were given out throughout the game. In total, Montreal received twenty-one penalties for 72 minutes, while Calgary was assessed fifteen penalties for 83 minutes.
No stats are available from this game you can read the full game report here.