Roughnecks aren't 'short' on goals

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks keep piling up the penalties, shorthanded goals and victories.

The Riggers (4-1) won their fourth straight National Lacrosse League game last night, beating the Stealth 15-11 in San Jose.

If this team keeps up its strong work a man down, it will easily shatter the league record.

Devan Wray, Jeff Moleski and Kaleb Toth scored shorthanded markers to bring the team total to 12 for the young season.

The NLL record is 15 for an entire campaign and the Roughnecks have 11 games left this season for which to surpass that mark.

"It's seems to be our MO these days," said Riggers general manager Kurt Silcott.

"We're taking a lot of penalties but when you're scoring on the short man, it's acceptable.

"We're on a heck of a pace. We had some nice ones and I hope it keeps going.

"We don't want to be in the penalty box that much but the boys respond when we do get in there."

The Stealth were the ones who were undisciplined early last night, taking five of the first six penalties and staking the Roughnecks to a 5-0 lead.

Calgary never looked back as goaltender Andrew Leyshon responded to being pulled a week ago by making 36 saves on 47 shots, including stopping a penalty shot in the third quarter.

Leyshon was also strong near the end of that frame when Kerry Susheski and Luke Hinton were called for illegal cross-checking majors on the same play.

"Leyshon played great," Silcott said. "He was perfect on the penalty shot plus made a few huge saves that kept us rolling."

Toth led the offence with four goals and four helpers, while Tracey Kelusky and Lewis Ratcliff had hat-tricks and Scott Ranger chipped in a pair.

Ratclifff also chipped in three assists.

Veteran lefty Kyle Goundrey, who played in his 100th NLL game, rounded out the scoring and added four helpers.

Stealth starter Anthony Cosmo didn't return after halftime as the Riggers scored nine times on 28 shots through the first two quarters.

Aaron Bold allowed six goals on 18 shots in the second half.

"We shot well but made great opportunities for ourselves," Silcott said.

"We kept our feet moving and got into great positions. We came out well and they took some penalties. We jumped on them and hung onto that lead most of the way through.

"Kaleb played great. He was dominating on the offensive end. He was physical, pushing people around. They just couldn't handle his size and strength."


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