Roughnecks cut down Lumberjax

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:21 PM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks blew two four-goal leads last night but scored four straight in the fourth quarter to edge the expansion Lumberjax 12-8 in Portland.

The victory came a little more than 24 hours after the Roughnecks lost 11-10 in overtime to the Arizona Sting in Glendale.

"This was a huge win," said Calgary forward Kyle Goundrey, who had a goal and five points in last night's win. "Especially coming off an overtime loss. It's not like we got outplayed in that game. We lost in overtime and it was tough. The guys were a bit down after losing that game so to come back tonight and be able to pull out a win was huge."

Calgary improved to 3-2 while Portland fell to 2-2. Kaleb Toth and Lewis Ratcliff each had a hat-trick while defender Travis Gillespie had a pair.

Tracey Kelusky, Ryan McNish and Devan Wray rounded out the scoring for Calgary.

Curtis Palidwor made 35 stops for Calgary.

Ryan Powell led Portland with two goals and an assist in the loss.

A night after Calgary's lefties went 0-34 against Arizona, southpaws Ratcliff and Goundrey found their way on the scoresheet and, as a bonus, the club got four goals from its defence leaving coach Chris Hall pleased with the victory.

"I was much happier with the offensive effort," said Hall. "We had a meeting (after the Arizona loss) and said we have to be better distributing the ball to win and we did that tonight."

The Riggers led 5-1 after the first quarter and 7-3 in the second before the Lumberjax rattled off three straight to trail 7-6 at the half. Calgary returns to the 'Dome Super Bowl Sunday to host the 1-4 Toronto Rock in a matinee (1:30 p.m.)

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CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 12

PORTLAND LUMBERJAX: 8


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