Win takes Sting out

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:05 PM ET

What a difference a day makes.

Less than 24 hours after the Calgary Roughnecks lost a 12-11, last-second heartbreaker to the expansion Edmonton Rush, they bounced back with their best showing of this National Lacrosse League season.

The Riggers' struggling offence sprang to life in the first half, scoring nine goals, as the team went on to beat the powerhouse Arizona Sting 13-7 last night in the desert.

The 13 goals marked a season-high for the Roughnecks, while the seven goals against was a season-best for the defence.

Arizona came into the game averaging nearly 13 goals a game.

Head coach Chris Hall refused to comment on the game following the victory, other than to say "we're not chokers" in reference to a headline in Saturday's Sun after the loss to the Rush in what was Edmonton's inaugural NLL win.

Calgary GM Kurt Silcott, however, was happy to talk about the decisive victory, which improved Calgary to 4-4 heading into this week's all-star break.

"We really came out and dominated the game," said Silcott. "Especially in the first half (which Calgary outscored Arizona 9-3).

"From offence to defence to goaltending, we were really in control and the guys did everything we've been asking from them since the start of the year. It was a really solid effort from everyone."

Jason Wulder, Lewis Ratcliff and Kevin Dostie notched hat-tricks for Calgary. Taylor Wray, Kyle Goundrey, Andrew Biers and Tracey Kelusky rounded out the scoring for the Roughnecks.

It was an especially impressive showing for the offence, which needed a morale boost after scoring only 11 goals on 65 shots in the loss to Edmonton.

"It was huge," said Wulder. "After losing that game against Edmonton, we just had a (bad) feeling. We were talking the talk but we weren't walking the walk. We had to come out with a 60-minute performance. It was such a huge win for us. Everybody played really well.

"We've done nothing consistently on offence all year. With the players we have, that ball should be whipping around and we should almost be scoring at will."

The Roughnecks have a long break and don't get back on the carpet until March 11 when they host the Colorado Mammoth.

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CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 13

ARIZONA STING: 7


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