Roughnecks say they're done gassing it at the end

WES GILBERTSON

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Nobody has to remind Scott Ranger or his Calgary Roughnecks teammates how their last meeting with the Toronto Rock ended.

Despite leading after three quarters, the Riggers couldn't bulge the twine in the final frame and left the floor at the Air Canada Centre on the wrong side of a 9-7 final score.

"I think we have a sour taste in our mouths after losing that one," said Ranger, who already has two dozen tallies this season.

"I think we got outworked a bit in the final quarter, and it showed in the final score. We'll just keep that in mind, we'll work hard for 60 minutes and I think we'll be successful."

The Roughnecks welcome the Rock to town tonight (7:30 p.m., Saddledome) for the second meeting of the season between the Canadian rivals. Both teams are still battling for playoff position.

If they can stake to an early advantage, the Riggers will be eager to prove they've learned their lesson about falling silent in the final minutes, a problem that has dogged the team all season long.

Prior to exploding for eight unanswered markers in the fourth quarter last Saturday against the visiting Edmonton Rush, the Roughnecks had been outscored 56-29 in the final frame.

Five times, they've gassed a lead in the final 15 minutes and taken a loss.

"You never like to lose in the fourth quarter. I think we're sick of it, and I don't think it's going to happen anymore," Ranger said. "It doesn't matter where we are in the game, we have to keep the pedal to the medal and keep it down and bury teams."

Regardless of when the goals are scored, Calgary head coach Troy Cordingley figures his team will need to do better than the seven goals they mustered in Toronto last month.

"The biggest thing we need to do is adjust offensively to what they do defensively," he said. "We weren't good offensively in Toronto, and it caught up with us."


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