Riggers duo earns revenge

DARREN FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks pay Lewis Ratcliff to put 'em in and Andrew Leyshon to keep 'em out.

Last night, both earned their paycheques as the Roughnecks beat the Colorado Mammoth 17-13 at the Saddledome.

Ratcliff, who's been the Riggers' leading scorer the past three seasons, looks like he's well on his way to grabbing that title again this year, as he scored six goals in the victory.

However, Leyshon stole the spotlight last night in front of 11,582 fans.

The first-year Roughnecks starting goaltender stopped 48 shots, which earned Calgary the win over the defending National Lacrosse League champions, who handily beat the Edmonton Rush the night before.

For the Roughnecks, who donned their new black third jerseys, the win was a little redemption.

The Mammoth embarrassed the Roughnecks last season by beating them in three consecutive games, the last one being the Western Division semifinal.

"They are one of the teams we like to beat," Ratcliff said.

"We definitely have a hate on for them. Every win is a big win but every time we can beat these guys, it's good."

Other than Ratcliff's six-goal performance and Leyshon's coming-out party, the Roughnecks got their transition game clicking.

Everyone knows the Red and Black have a triple threat on offence.

And while Kaleb Toth, Tracey Kelusky and Ratcliff played their part in helping the Riggers beat the Mammoth, it was another talented trio that also contributed.

The middle men -- Kerry Susheski, Devan Wray and Nolan Heavenor -- all chipped in on the scoresheet but also made themselves more valuable in the transition slots.

Wray scored a shorthanded goal -- assisted by Susheski -- to break a 12-12 deadlock two minutes into the fourth quarter.

From there, the Riggers didn't look back.

Susheski had a goal and three assists, while Wray also chipped in with two assists.

The victory moves Calgary to 2-1 on the season and snaps the Mammoth's four-game win streak (4-1).

Ratcliff, who capped the Roughnecks scoring on an penalty-shot goal late in the game, also opened the scoring with a long-range blast only 27 seconds into the matchup.

"Some games the ball just goes in for you," Ratcliff said, who also had three helpers along with his goals.

"I wasn't doing anything different tonight but I really enjoyed having the ball in my stick."

After Ratcliff's opening tally, the Roughnecks were simply spectators as the Mammoth rattled off four, three of which were on the powerplay.

Colorado's special teams were the difference in the first half as they took advantage of all four Roughnecks penalties.

The Mammoth finished 6-for-7 on the powerplay but it wasn't enough as Calgary's balanced offensive attack overpowered goaltender Gee Nash and Colorado's defence.


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