Party poopers

Darren Friesen, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks looked just like the turf lining the Saddledome floor for last night's game -- a little rough around the corners. A litany of constant troubles -- missed passes, broken plays and bad aim -- kept the defending National Lacrosse League champions from taking advantage of the visiting San Jose Stealth on their big night.

An announced attendance of 10,042 filled the 'Dome seats to welcome home last season's Champion's Cup winners and also to witness the unveiling of the championship banner prior to the game.

However, after the smoke cleared, the Stealth played party poopers, emerging with a 12-10 victory.

It was San Jose's first win of the 2005 campaign. As for Calgary, they now drop to 0-2 and will head down to California for the rematch tonight in San Jose.

"I think not having some exhibition games is probably starting to show a little on us right now, especially when we've got so many new faces in the lineup," said Riggers head coach Chris Hall.

"Right now we're having some troubles understanding some roles on this team and finding some chemistry.

"Having said that, our powerplay is the exactly the same as it was last year with the exception of having Chris Gill in the crease, who I thought played very well (last night). "Special teams is the difference between winning and losing and our efficiency rating on the powerplay was very low."

Similar to the fake gunslingers amusing the crowd at the half, the Riggers' offence once again fired blanks.

Leading 7-6 going into the third quarter, the Roughnecks came out flat and couldn't bulge the twine once in the entire frame.

Meanwhile, the Stealth scored three times to put them ahead.

The lack of offence is becoming a major concern for the Roughnecks, who were also held scoreless in the fourth quarter against Colorado last weekend.

"We're not playing very smart and what was noticeable for everyone watching this game is that we kept shooting in the same spots over and over again," said forward Kaleb Toth.

"It's now gut-check time for this offence. We need more help. There's got to be more guys making sacrifices getting points for the victory."

Veteran Stealth forward Gary Rosyski, who put up three goals and three assists for the visitors last night, was extremely happy knocking off the defending champs.

"We did a really good job preparing for this game," said Rosyski.

"We've spent the last month and a half working on chemistry and working on systems and it seemed like everything just clicked tonight."

Kyle Goundey broke the Riggers' drought in the fourth quarter but the comeback was short lived.

The Stealth responded with three unanswered markers to put the Riggers in a tough spot from which they never fully recovered.

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SAN JOSE STEALTH: 12

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 10


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