Power outage worrisome for Riggers

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:22 PM ET

The powerplay was the last thing the Calgary Roughnecks went over at the morning shoot around.

But it will likely be the first thing they will practise before tonight's game against the Edmonton Rush.

For the second straight game, the Riggers struggled mightily with the extra man, going 2-for-9 in their 12-8 loss last night to the Minnesota Swarm at the 'Dome. The club is just 4-for-17 in their last two outings, something forward Lewis Ratcliff admitted is worrisome.

"It's a concern to a certain extent," said Ratcliff, who assisted on both powerplay goals for the Riggers last night.

"We worked on it (Thursday) night and a little (Friday) without equipment, so it's not game specific but that's no excuse. We're just forcing things right now, making some stupid passes. With the guys that we have on this powerplay it should eventually start clicking."

Equally as bad last night was the Roughnecks penalty-killing unit, which watched the Swarm snap a powerplay drought by going 3-for-5.

Riggers defender Taylor Wray was disheartened Minny busted its slump against Calgary.

"I didn't know that until just now, so that's a little bit disappointing," he said. "We made some mental mistakes out there and it was common all game. We're going to have to get better if we expect to be a championship-calibre team again."


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