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DARREN FRIESEN, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks can breathe a sigh of relief after picking up their first win of the season last night. Threatened by the prospect of going 0-3 to start the year, the defending National Lacrosse League champions got a big game from captain Tracey Kelusky, which gave them the 14-10 victory over the San Jose Stealth last night.

Clearly disappointed by his team's slow start, Kelusky decided to take things into his own hands.

The 5-ft. 10-in., forward scored five times -- twice on the powerplay -- and picked up the winner to help his squad erase the goose egg in the win column.

The Stealth spoiled Calgary's special night Friday at the Saddledome by beating them 12-10 in the first game of the home-and-home series.

Playing at the 'Dome for the first time since they captured the Champion's Cup, the Riggers couldn't solve the visitors from California and fell to 0-2 on the season.

However, last night was a different story.

This time it was the Riggers coming out on the winning side of things.

Stealth forward Brad Dairon evened the score at 10-10 during the first minute of the fourth quarter.

After that, however, it was all Calgary.

Kelusky notched his fifth goal of the game and his eighth of the season 15 seconds after Dairon's marker.

The Roughnecks then scored three unanswered goals to seal the win and will now return to Calgary and will prepare for their next game versus the Arizona Sting on Jan. 22.

Calgary goalie Curtis Palidwor stop 44 shots in the win.

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CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 14

SAN JOSE STEALTH: 10


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