King dethroned by former team

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:56 PM ET

The King was back in his old court last night. But instead of being hailed by his new team, Anaheim Storm goaltender Matt King was dethroned by his old one in an 18-15 loss at the 'Dome.

"I circled these ones on the calendar at the beginning of the year," said King of facing the Calgary Roughnecks. "I was hoping to have a better effort."

Originally drafted in the third round (29th overall) by the Roughnecks in 2001, King was poised to become the starter and ultimately the future between the pipes for the local club.

However, thrust into the starter's role at 19, on a mediocre team no less, King faced quite a harsh learning curve. With the acquisition of Calgary's current backstopper Curtis Palidwor, King became expendable.

Last night, the Victoria native was back in Cowtown looking for redemption.

For the majority of the game, it looked as if King was going to get it, although a late six-goal run by the Riggers spoiled his return.

"We're pretty disappointed," he said. "We had the effort to win it and the opportunity to win but they just went on that huge run at the end and I didn't do anything to thwart the run."

Another former Roughneck who still calls Calgary home, forward Shawn Cable, had a big game for the Storm, scoring four goals.

He, too, was excited about playing against his old 'mates in front of family and friends.

"It was nice to have a good game, personally, but it was disappointing to have a two-minute lapse in the fourth quarter. That sort of killed the game for us," said Cable.

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SHORT SHELF LIFE: Former Calgary Roughnecks forward Ted Dowling may be ending his short-lived retirement.

Should he return, it would be to play for Riggers West Division rival San Jose Stealth, to whom Calgary traded his rights Nov. 1 for a conditional 2006 draft pick.

Laxmag.com reported yesterday Dowling was considering a return to the NLL and when contacted, Dowling acknowledged the report was accurate.

"I've never ruled out coming back," said Dowling, when contacted by the Sun, somewhat surprised by the website report. "So I won't tell you that's not true. It's something I'm mulling over ... I'm thinking about it."

Rumours were flying at the 'Dome last night about a possible deal to get Dowling back in Calgary, where his brother Jeff is an assistant coach. Roughnecks GM Dave Bremner said that's a possibility.


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