Teams facing wrath of Conn

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:05 PM ET

Rightly or wrongly, Arizona Sting forward Craig Conn has developed a reputation as somewhat of a troublemaker over the years.

One thing is for certain: He usually makes a lot of trouble for the Calgary Roughnecks when he plays them.

That is, except for last night.

Conn -- who came into last night's 13-7 loss to the Riggers with 18 goals in his previous three games -- was held to only one marker in the loss.

The 23-year-old product of the vaunted lacrosse factory of St. Catharines, Ont., notched five against the Roughnecks -- including the winner in OT -- Jan. 27 to start his incredible run.

He followed that up by scoring an amazing eight goals and three assists in a loss to Colorado a week later before tallying another five in a loss to Rochester last week.

In five games this season prior to last night, he had 21 goals and seven helpers.

Roughnecks defender Taylor Wray said the team focused on neutralizing Conn.

"He's a tough player to contain because he goes to the net so hard," said Wray.

"But we made a concentrated effort to not allow him to come across the high side and shoot the ball.

"He still played pretty well. He got his shots but he didn't hit the net as much as usual, which worked in our favour."

Conn, who was drafted fourth overall by the defunct Vancouver Ravens in the 2003 draft, was taken with the first pick in the dispersal draft by the expansion Minnesota Swarm.

Conn later wore out his welcome in the Twin Cities and was dealt to Arizona at the 2005 March trade deadline. The Sting was just one of a handful of NLL teams that was vying for Conn's services, including the Roughnecks.

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QUICK STICKS: Four Riggers will take part in the NLL all-star game Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Captain Tracey Kelusky was named a starter and he will be joined by F Kaleb Toth, F Lewis Ratcliff and D Taylor Wray.


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