Tyson\'s Spidey senses tingling

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:45 AM ET

Spiderman lived up to his superhero reputation yesterday.

Calgary Roughneck Tyson Leies, nicknamed after the wallcrawler for his habit of climbing the glass after he scores, notched four goals and an assist yesterday to lead his squad to a 12-8 win over the New York Saints at the \'Dome.

On a day when the Roughnecks\' big three -- Kaleb Toth, Tracey Kelusky and Jason Wulder -- scored only a goal each, Leies highlighted a strong effort by the Riggers supporting cast.

\"Tyson Leies was just a monster today,\" said Roughnecks head coach Chris Hall. \"He took it upon himself to almost singlehandedly carry the team on his back. That was just a fantastic display of intestinal fortitude and lacrosse skills by Tyson.\"

Leies scored twice in the second quarter, once in the third and once in the fourth, the latter part of a 5-2 run in the final frame which sealed the win for the homeside.

\"Their defence, from the game tape we\'ve watched, tends to concentrate on certain guys and double and triple team them,\" said Leies. \"When that happens, as long as you get the ball moving, you have the numbers game and we took advantage of that.\"

Saints netminder Gee Nash had his way with Calgary\'s top guns all afternoon, especially Toth, robbing him time-in and time-out.

\"Kaleb was getting great shots and couldn\'t buy a goal and of course, they just descended on Tracey every time he had the ball,\" said Hall, \"so we had to find somewhere else to go.\"

Leies made it look easy, scoring on four of his six shots in the game.

\"Everybody was winding up with the overhand and throwing it at his shoulders,\" said Leies flashing his famous gap-toothed grin. \"I was going overhand, throwing a fake or two and getting him jumping and after that, he was mine.\"

Kyle Goundrey and Lewis Ratcliff each had a deuce for the Roughnecks while Shawn Cable added a single.

Brian Bendig scored three goals and two assists to lead the Saints while former Rigger Chris Panos had four points.

Calgary goalie Curtis Palidwor turned in another solid performance, stopping 64 shots.

With the victory, the Roughnecks improved to 7-4 while the Saints fell to 1-9.

The win was the perfect tonic for the Riggers, who were still smarting from a 15-6 pummelling they received at the hands of the defending champion Toronto Rock Friday at the Air Canada Centre.

\"At the beginning of this weekend if you would have asked what do we need, we need a split,\" said Hall. \"It would have been great to win both but we needed at least a split and we got it.\"

\"It\'s good to end up on a winning nod,\" said Cable. \"It was a disappointing effort in Toronto and it was nice to see the guys regroup and come out like this today.\"

QUICK STICKS: The Sun three stars were Tyson Leies, Shawn Cable and Curtis Palidwor ... Yesterday\'s game was a spirited affair with a couple of fights in the first half. Roughnecks defender Scott Forbes took exception to Armando Polanco hitting teammate Shawn Cable a little late after the speedy lefty scored and dropped the mitts with Polanco. Give the decision to Forbes. Former Roughneck Chris Panos and Andrew McBride danced in the second quarter, with only a few punches thrown before they tumbled to the carpet ... D Brad MacArthur was a surprise scratch last night with Jordan West-Pratt starting in his place. Without MacArthur, the team\'s top faceoff man, Calgary was only 11-of-24 on draws.

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 12

NEW YORK SAINTS: 8


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