Huge victory

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks won the biggest game in franchise history last night, downing the Buffalo Bandits 16-14 before a rabid record crowd of 13,869 at the \'Dome.

With the victory, the Riggers\' chances for one of three National Lacrosse League wild-card playoff berths drastically improved.

The Roughnecks now need either Philadelphia or Vancouver to lose today or Colorado to lose tomorrow to make the post season.

\"We did our part tonight,\" said smiling Roughnecks forward Shawn Cable, whose four goals earned him the game star. \"We\'ll definitely be watching big time tomorrow.

\"This was huge for us,\" added the speedy lefty, who was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in the last two games. \"It was a great game.\"

The Roughnecks continued their penchant for second-half heroics this season, overcoming a 9-7 halftime deficit to outscore Buffalo 9-5 in the final 30 minutes.

\"The crowd was fantastic, absolutely fantastic,\" said Calgary head coach Chris Hall. \"They went crazy (in the second half) and it was very motivational for the guys. (The crowd) really got them going.\"

The \'Necks improved to 9-7 while the Bandits dropped to 12-4. A victory for Buffalo would have clinched them first overall in the league.

The Bandits played a tenacious style of defence right from the opening face-off, pressing Calgary hard and forcing numerous turnovers and bad shots in the first half.

Buffalo\'s John Tavares opened the scoring, beating Curtis Palidwor with a hard outside shot 3:55 in. However, Roughnecks captain Tracey Kelusky answered back 16 seconds later with an outside blast of his own that whizzed past Buffalo starter Steve (Chugger) Dietrich. Buffalo led 3-2 after the first quarter.

Calgary exploded in the third quarter, scoring four unanswered goals to take their first lead of the game. The Riggers\' defence played extremely physical knocking the Buffalo forwards around and Palidwor was acrobatic between the pipes holding the Bandits scoreless in the frame.

Kyle Goundrey had a goal waived off for a crease violation 52 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Calgary scored two straight and then a small brawl broke out around the Buffalo net on the next Calgary possession. Bandits defender Andy Ogilvie lost his cool and jumped Tyson Leies after Leies and Dietrich collided behind the net. During the melee, Hall and Buffalo bench boss Darris Kilgour got into a heated exchange over the glass separating the benches. Ogilvie was tossed and Dietrich left the floor after being injured during the incident.

Kilgour was still upset over the what happened between Leies and Dietrich following the game.

\"That was one of the most brutal hits I\'ve seen on a goalie and if we didn\'t need this game, the benches would have cleared right there,\" said Kilgour, although TV replays looked to show Dietrich running into the boards, not Leies.

QUICK STICKS: The Sun three stars were Shawn Cable (Calgary), Tyson Leies (Calgary) and John Tavares (Buffalo).

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 16

BUFFALO BANDITS: 14


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