The Stealth couldn't evade the Shooter. And the Calgary Roughnecks opened their 2009 National Lacrosse League season with a victory.
Josh (Shooter) Sanderson scored the winning goal with 1:13 left last night as the Roughnecks beat the Stealth 12-10 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Sanderson had two goals and five helpers, while captain Tracey Kelusky had a hat-trick and four assists as the Riggers got strong offensive outings from their big guns. The Roughnecks return home tonight to face the Edmonton Rush.
The Riggers gained control with a seven-goal run to take a 10-5 lead heading into the final frame. The highlights of a dominating third quarter were a shorthanded goal by Kelusky and three powerplay markers.But the Stealth roared back with four straight to cut the lead to just one before Sanderson put it away.
The Stealth cut it to just one again before Scott Ranger iced it with his first tally.
Right after scoring, Stealth goalie Matt Roik took a shot at Ranger, although the Riggers forward appears to be OK. Ranger added five assists for a productive night.
Goalie Pat Campbell played great in his first start since taking over the No. 1 role.
With two third-quarter tallies, Kaleb Toth surpassed Lewis Ratcliff's franchise record of 210 goals. Toth finished with two goals and two assists and will soon retake Ratcliff's franchise points mark as well. He needs seven helpers to surpass Ratcliff.
Sophomore lefty Dane Dobbie had a pair of goals, while Curt Malawsky and Jeff Moleski added singles.
Jeff Zywicki had a hat-trick, Frank Resetarits, Tom Johnson and Rhys Duch had a pair each while Colin Doyle rounded out the scoring for the Stealth.
This is the first year for instant replay in the NLL and the Roughnecks wasted no time testing it out.
Riggers head coach Troy Cordingley challenged a goal by Cam Sedgwick just two and a half minutes into the opening quarter. It was successful for the Riggers as the goal was waved off on a crease violation.
The Stealth returned the favour early in the second quarter to wipe out a goal by Ranger. San Jose scored on the next rush to spark a three-goal run. The game was tied 1-1 after one quarter and 5-5 at halftime before the Riggers took a five-goal lead.