The Calgary Roughnecks remain undefeated with captain Tracey Kelusky in the lineup.
Kelusky scored two goals last night as the Riggers beat the Columbus Landsharks 11-7 at the \'Dome.
The Roughnecks are a perfect 5-0 with Kelusky on the carpet and 5-3 on the year, setting a new franchise mark for victories in a season.
The team went 4-12 last year during its inaugural campaign.
Roughnecks goalie Curtis Palidwor, who was voted the league\'s defensive player of the week after backstopping Calgary to home-and-home series wins over the Vancouver Ravens last weekend, was solid between the pipes, making 36 saves.
Palidwor\'s cause was aided greatly by a tenacious Calgary defence that played aggressively on the speedy Columbus forwards.
The Roughnecks allowed only two goals in the entire second half.
Columbus, which beat Calgary 14-9 on Jan. 24, came into the game averaging 12.71 goals a contest, fourth-best in the 12-team National Lacrosse League.
However, Calgary\'s defence and penalty kill stymied the visitors.
It was the lowest goals-against allowed by the Roughnecks so far this season.
\"That was awesome,\" said Kelusky, who missed three games this season -- all losses -- after having surgery to repair a broken cheekbone suffered during an off-floor incident last month.
\"Curtis is playing phenomenal and our defence is playing phenomenal around him.
\"They\'re giving the other team bad shots and bad outside angles, which really helps.
\"And when he has to, Curtis is making huge saves.\"
The Roughnecks trailed 5-3 at the half but came to life in the third quarter, scoring three goals in the first 2:13.
They added two more before the end of the frame and led 8-5 after 45 minutes.
They outshot the Landsharks 19-8 in the third quarter.
The first half was a low scoring affair by NLL standards.
Calgary\'s Shawn Cable and Columbus\' Dan Dawson exchanged markers in the first quarter.
Dawson\'s goal was the first scored against the Riggers in 25:40, dating back to Sunday\'s 14-11 win over Vancouver.
Cable added his second of the game in the second quarter and Kyle Goundrey also tallied for the Roughnecks.
Calgary\'s three leading scorers -- Kelusky, Kaleb Toth and Jason Wulder -- combined for 15 shots in the first half but couldn\'t light the lamp.
Prior to last night\'s game, the Roughnecks recognized transition/defender Neil Doddridge, signed as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, who played in his 100th career NLL game last Sunday.
Doddridge scored twice last night and now has five goals in his last three games.
\"We have guys who know what it takes to win,\" said Doddridge of the team\'s stellar play of late.
Doddridge said the Landsharks defence looked worn down by the fourth quarter after being bombarded by the Calgary offence for much of the half.
\"It may have been, I don\'t know,\" answered Landsharks coach Bob Hamley when asked about the fatigue of his D.
As for his offence, he offered: \"We got away from our game plan and started playing too much individually and their defence responded and rotated well, brought the help and shut us down.\"
QUICK STICKS: The Sun three stars were Shawn Cable, Curtis Palidwor and Neil Doddridge.
CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 11
COLUMBUS LANDSHARKS: 7