Riggers fall in OT

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:55 PM ET

Talk about digging yourself into a deep hole.

The Calgary Roughnecks stumbled out of the gates last night, spotting the San Jose Stealth a 6-1 lead before battling back but losing 14-13 in OT in National Lacrosse League action in Silicon Valley.

Gary Rosyski scored his fourth goal of the game 55 seconds into the extra frame to clinch the win.

The defeat came less than 24 hours after the Riggers beat the Rush 16-9 in Edmonton Friday night.

The Riggers had a 3:15 a.m. wake-up call yesterday morning to make it to the airport in time for their flight to San Jose and then waited two hours for their bus to show up at the other end.

But captain Tracey Kelusky -- who had five goals -- refused to blame the tough travel schedule.

"We can't make any excuses," said Kelusky. "We just weren't mentally prepared. They had a few lucky bounces but we can't spot a team a six-goal lead. You can't do that in this league.

"(But) we battled back and showed some character. We just didn't get the result we wanted."

Near the end of regulation, San Jose's Derek Malawsky batted the ball out of play with his stick which calls for a two-minute penalty, said Calgary GM Kurt Silcott. Instead, the refs gave Malawsky a 10-minute misconduct negating a powerplay for Calgary to start OT.

"I went down to the refs room after and asked them about it," said Silcott. "They admitted they made a mistake. It's frustrating."


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