Ratcliff's turn to play hero for Riggers

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:22 PM ET

With the Roughnecks desperate for some offence last night, Lewis Ratcliff stepped up to the plate. The southpaw scored two goals and an assist in the fourth quarter, part of an unanswered four-goal run that sealed an 11-10 victory over the Stealth in San Jose.

In a 15-11 win against the Stealth Friday, it was Tracey Kelusky and Kaleb Toth who provided the heroics for Calgary. Last night, it was Ratcliff's turn and he didn't disappoint, said Riggers coach Chris Hall.

"We were looking for somebody to lift us," said Hall. "And Lewis answered that call and rose to the occasion. He did a great job tonight. That's the luxury we have on offence with the talent we have. It's nice to see them take turns pulling it out for us."

Ratcliff, who led the Roughnecks in scoring last year in the regular season and playoffs, said he could have played a better game but at least he produced when the pressure was on.

"I was pretty much invisible in the first half," said Ratcliff, tied for the team lead in points with Kelusky with 53 in 11 games this season. "I tried to get a little more life in me, put a little more effort in and it worked out."

The Stealth paid closer attention to Kelusky and Toth last night.

"That gave me the chance to pot some goals," said Ratcliff.


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