Rigger torches record book

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

Not only did Lewis Ratcliff pot a career high six goals last weekend, he also scored his way into the National Lacrosse League record book.

The talented Calgary Roughnecks sniper became the first player to score for the cycle by tallying at even strength, on the powerplay, shorthanded and via a rare penalty shot in the Riggers' 17-13 triumph over the Colorado Mammoth.

The Victoria product didn't become aware of the accomplishment until yesterday.

"You don't think about it when you're playing and I don't score a whole lot of shorthanded goals, plus penalty shots don't come around that often,"said Ratcliff, who is 10th in league scoring with 29 points in three games, including 12 goals.

"It's so hard. You're lucky if you get one a season, so it's pretty hard to do."

While he'll take the mark, Ratcliff was more concerned about beating the Mammoth.

"But it's not something I've put much thought into. I've just been pretty happy all week about beating Colorado."

There were only four penalty shots last season.

League officials are calling it a modern record because they have archives dating back to 1987 but don't have the resources to scour through every boxscore.

Roughnecks GM Kurt Silcott was awed by Ratcliff's record is something that's pretty special in the sport.

"In my entire life, I've never seen a player record the scoring cycle and that's at any level," Silcott said.

Also in that triumph over the Mammoth, the Roughnecks set a team record with three shorthanded goals, a big feat considering they scored only five last season.

Ratcliff and the rest of the 2-1 Riggers take on the Minnesota Swarm (1-2) Saturday (Saddledome, 7:30 p.m., Shaw TV).


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