Goalie takes the blame

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

With tears welling in his eyes, Curtis Palidwor was the first to admit his failure.

The Calgary Roughnecks goaltender only stopped only 25 shots as his team was defeated by the Arizona Sting 19-15 last night in the National Lacrosse League West final.

"I thought I played terrible. I think I let this entire team down," said last year's Champion's Cup MVP.

"We had a three-goal lead in the second half and I just couldn't stop anything."

Palidwor looked sharp in the opening frame but wasn't tested that often as the defenders in front of him were shutting down Arizona's big shooters.

With the Roughnecks up 13-10 with only seconds remaining in the third quarter, Sting forward Jason Clark scored to start a six-goal run, which wasn't answered until almost midway through the fourth quarter.

However, Palidwor refused to put the blame on anyone else.

Instead, he placed all the guilt squarely on his shoulders.

"There was too many breakdowns and, when the team made some mistakes, I just didn't bail anybody out," said Palidwor.

"A lot of the goals were low glove and quick pumps in front of the net and then them going down the sides. It was just me not being square to the shooter and staying in balance."

From the crease, Palidwor noticed his team's breakdown in the second half.

"I think we just made too many fundamental mistakes," he said.

"Stuff that we shouldn't be doing and stuff we didn't do last year. On transition, we let them run the ball too much."


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