Roughnecks win Battle of Alberta

DARREN FRIESEN, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

Chris Hall's job just got a lot harder.

The Calgary Roughnecks coach, who is saddled with the tough task of cutting three very good lacrosse players before the Dec. 14 deadline, is going to have some big decisions to make after his squad beat the Edmonton Rush 19-16 in National Lacrosse League exhibition play last night in the provincial capital.

Many of the bubble boys stepped up and gave Hall something to consider.

Scott Ranger and Shawn Cable both got four points last night, while other first-year faces Stuart Sterparn, Jeff Shattler and Kerry Susheski combined for seven points.

"We always knew this was going to be a tough decision to make because we think all the guys in our camp deserve to be in this league," said Hall. "We've got 29 guys left and we've got to get down to 23 and three (practice players), so it's going to be tough. The guys who knew their jobs were on the line, they all seemed to play pretty well tonight."

As for those 'guys', Hall wasn't willing to point fingers. However, he did make mention of some good individual performances.

"It was good to see the scoring spread out," he said. "The guys that were fighting for spots on the left side -- Sterparn, (Derek) Tom and Shattler -- and the guys fighting for spots on the right -- Ranger, Rooney and Susheski -- all contributed.

"All those guys fighting for spots, at least did what they were expected to do.

Roughnecks standouts Lewis Ratcliff and captain Tracey Kelusky sat in the press box last night but veterans Kaleb Toth and Taylor Wray both played.

Toth helped get the Roughnecks on the board first as he assisted on Ranger's goal a minute into the game. As for game as a whole, Hall said it was a good first effort.

"It was a pretty interesting first half, back and forth but I thought we played with a little more poise in the second half. I thought it was a good start for us," he said.

"There's nothing like game action to sort out some of the kinks."


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