Riggers storm back for win

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks completed their first hat-trick of the season last night. After an 0-2 start to the National Lacrosse League season, the defending champions won their third straight game, downing the Anaheim Storm 13-12 at the Arrowhead Pond.

The Storm, the worst team in the NLL last season, posting a dismal 1-15 record, overhauled their lineup in the off-season and are much improved this year, as evidenced by the final score, according to Calgary head coach Chris Hall.

"Like every team in this league, they come to play," said Hall. "Any team can win on any night in this league, I've said that before. We had to work for the win tonight like we'll have to every night."

Calgary captain Tracey Kelusky and assistant captain Kaleb Toth each tallied three goals and two assists while Lewis Ratcliff had four goals and a helper.

Andy Ogilvie, Rob Williams and Kyle Goundrey rounded out the scoring for Calgary.

Former Riggers Adam Bysouth and Shawn Cable led the Storm with two goals each.

Bysouth opened the scoring in the game and the Storm built up a 5-2 lead after the first quarter. After allowing five markers on 12 shots, Calgary starter Curtis Palidwor was pulled and backup Andrew Leyshon started the second quarter.

It was Leyshon's first floor time as a Roughneck after being signed as a free agent in the off-season. He allowed only six goals on 29 shots to finish out the tilt.

Hall was impressed with how Leyshon answered the bell with his team in a hole.

"It's his first minutes in a Roughnecks uniform and he's been sitting for four games so I'm sure he had some nerves," said Hall. "But he certainly didn't show it. He came in and did what a guy in his position has to do as a backup, play solid and pull you out of a hole."

At the other end of the floor, another former Roughneck -- Matt King -- got the call in net for Anaheim.

During Anaheim's 8-7 win over the Minnesota Swarm Friday, Matt Roik allowed five first-quarter goals and was pulled for King, who held the Swarm to only two goals.

That stellar play earned him the start last night and his hot hand held over, said Hall, whose club outshot Anaheim 51-41.

"Kinger was hot early and it took us a while to climb back into it," said Hall.

The Roughnecks return to the 'Dome to host the Colorado Mammoth next Friday (7:30 p.m.)

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CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 13

ANAHEIM STORM: 12


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