Palidwor acts out revenge on the floor

TY PILSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

Curtis Palidwor felt the Calgary Roughnecks discarded him like so garbage when they left him unprotected in the National Lacrosse League off-season expansion draft.

Last night, Palidwor helped his Edmonton Rush trash the Calgary Roughnecks.

The 34-year-old New Westminster, B.C. product made 48 saves and was the difference as the Rush beat the Roughnecks 13-12 at the 'Dome.

"I love all the guys in that dressing room and the management was good to me here," said Palidwor.

"But it was a slap in the face when they didn't protect me.

"I knew the minute they didn't protect me I was going to get picked up and wouldn't be playing in Calgary anymore and it was a hard moment for me."

Palidwor, the MVP of Calgary's 2004 championship win over Buffalo, was snatched up by the expansion New York Titans and later dealt to the Rush.

In nine games with Edmonton since the trade from New York, Palidwor has a stellar 9.56 goals-against average.

"(Palidwor) wasn't good early on but he was good in the middle," said Calgary head coach Jeff Dowling, stopping short of calling Palidwor the gamebreaker.

"We had four goals in seven minutes but then everyone figured they would pad their stats and we stopped shooting well. Curtis played well but we also made him look good at times."

Andrew Leyshon had another subpar outing in the net for Calgary.

To be fair, the defence in front of him was porous -- especially in the first half -- but he was off, allowing goals on three of the first four shots he faced.

After allowing seven goals on 23 shots, he was pulled midway through the second quarter after three straight in 1:19. Ryan Avery allowed three goals on six shots to finish the half.

Leyshon started the second half and rebounded, allowing only three goals as Calgary rallied.

"I thought Andrew played well," said Dowling. "We let him down big time at times in the first half. Guys were left alone and the defence wasn't covering them and they were scoring.

"Andrew came back in in the second half and only let in three goals over 30 minutes and played great."

Avery made 42 saves in a 21-11 win over the Portland Lumberjax last Saturday and the decision not to start him came as a surprise to many.

"We felt with the team we were playing and the type of players they had, Leyshon was a better fit," said Dowling. "They score a lot on the crease rather than the outside. Ryan challenges the shooters well and Leyshon plays down low better."


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