Roughnecks' attack fizzles

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:10 PM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks powerplay, which has been lethal of late, picked the wrong time to sputter.

Calgary's PP had clicked at more than 66% in the team's last three games but went a woeful 1-9 last night in an 11-8 National Lacrosse League defeat to the Colorado Mammoth in Denver.

It was just Calgary's second loss in its last eight games.

The Riggers, now 9-6, could have clinched a home playoff tilt next weekend with a victory but they'll get one last chance tonight when they host the 9-6 Mammoth at the 'Dome (7:30 p.m.) in the final regular-season game for both clubs.

Both teams had already qualified for the playoffs but are still jockeying for position along with the expansion Portland Lumberjax, which beat the Edmonton Rush 11-7 last night to improve to 10-5.

Arizona clinched the last West playoff berth beating San Jose 16-13.

Calgary coach Chris Hall put much of the blame for the loss on the shoulders of his offence.

He credited the defence for playing hard and goalie Curtis Palidwor for standing tall and making 51 saves but was disappointed with the play of his forwards.

"Our offence had a poor game," said Hall. "We shot the ball terribly and we didn't share the ball well. I just think our offence was a bit selfish and didn't finish all night long."

The powerplay futility merely compounded the problem.

"It was disappointing," said Hall. "They didn't do the things on offence they were asked to do. They didn't share the ball and the powerplay was awful. Quite frankly, it needed to be better and it wasn't."

The Mammoth, on the other hand, scored on four of eight chances. Calgary was penalized early and often, including five times in the first quarter.

"It started right in the first couple of minutes and kept going for the whole first half," said Hall. "We spent the whole half in the penalty box, I think. It was frustrating.

"Then, it was one of those games where you end up playing catchup for the rest of the game."

The two clubs were tied at three after 15 minutes but Colorado outscored Calgary 4-1 in the second quarter -- including two on the powerplay -- in what proved to be the difference in the game.

Roughnecks captain Tracey Kelusky led Calgary on the scoresheet with two goals and five points. Lewis Ratcliff chipped in four points for Calgary.

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COLORADO MAMMOTH: 11

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 8


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