Late marker saves 'Necks

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:58 PM ET

Much like Superman swooping in to save the day, Kyle Goundrey took flight last night and ended up the game hero. Goundrey leaped into the air and knocked a loose ball that was sitting in the crease past Arizona netminder Mike Miron as the Calgary Roughnecks rallied for a 15-14 victory in National Lacrosse League action at the Saddledome.

With the two teams tied at 14, Calgary captain Tracey Kelusky -- standing all alone at the top of the crease after receiving a long pass -- was stoned by Miron.

Goundrey came sprinting in from the bench and went airborne over the crease to knock the pill past Miron with 4:49 left to play.

Arizona argued Goundrey stepped on the crease line before taking flight, which would have been a violation, forcing the goal to be waived off. The refs didn't see it that way.

"I don't know," said Goundrey, when asked if he was in the crease. "I just dove. I know that if you're in the air and you hit the ball in without hitting anything else, it counts. I'm assuming it did because they've been calling it close all season."

Calgary had trailed the Sting 14-11 with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter before mounting a furious comeback. It was reminiscent of last year's Roughnecks squad, which routinely rallied from late deficits en route to the NLL championship.

"We know we have a lot of skill on this team and a lot of heart. We just have to start playing together more as a team and draw off each other more and that's what we did in the fourth quarter," said Calgary forward Kaleb Toth, who scored three times in the second half after being held off the scoresheet in the first. "We were feeling it there at the end."

Goundrey finished the night with two goals and four assists, while Kelusky led all Calgary scorers with two goals and six assists. Jesse Phillips had a hat-trick for Calgary while Lewis Ratcliff and Jason Wulder added a pair each. Andy Ogilvie rounded out the scoring for the Riggers, who improved to 2-2.

Dan Dawson led Arizona with four goals and five assists. The Sting, which fell 14-13 to San Jose Friday, are now 2-3.

"We've played five games and they've all been one-goal tilts," said Arizona coach Bob Hamley, who thought Goundrey's goal should have been disallowed. "It's tough to be on the other end of it. But what do you do? That's lacrosse."

Kelusky heaped praise on Goundrey for his performance in the victory.

"Unbelievable," said Kelusky. "Kyle was just at the right place at the right time ... He showed up big time in the third and fourth quarter, picked it up another notch and we followed. He deserved that goal."

Ratcliff opened the scoring for Calgary 1:17 into the game. The Roughnecks then went on a run, scoring four goals in 1:31 to build a 5-1 lead but the Sting battled back.

Arizona outscored the Riggers 6-3 in the second quarter and led 9-8 at the half.

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CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 15

ARIZONA STING: 14


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