Rusty attack easily stifled

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

DENVER -- The Calgary Roughnecks offence, usually akin in appearance and performance to a sleek Ferrari, looked more like an old '82 Gremlin last night. The Riggers' high-octane attack, which averaged more than 13.5 goals a game last season, second only to the Colorado Mammoth, could only muster seven markers in a 12-7 opening night loss to the Denver club.

"I think we were real slow on offence," said Lewis Ratcliff, who led the Roughnecks in scoring last season but could register just one goal last night. "We just weren't getting anything going. It didn't click for us. We were one step behind all night."

Calgary lost perennial all-star forward Ted Dowling to retirement in the off-season but the recent addition of Chris Gill had many expecting the team wouldn't miss a beat.

Instead, they missed good scoring chances, open passes and the net itself on several occasions last night.

"I just think the chemistry was maybe off a bit," said Calgary product Jason Wulder, who was fifth in team scoring last year.

"We haven't played together in a while. We had a little trouble getting into the game. Nobody took the bull by the horns. We just stood around and waited for somebody else to do it."


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