D earns A in Riggers' win

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Jeff Shattler's new title this season is that of defender.

The best defence is a good offence.

Shattler scored his first two goals of the season in the fourth quarter to help give the Calgary Roughnecks a 16-13 win over the San Jose Stealth last night in front of 9,828 fans at the Saddledome.

The Roughnecks ran their franchise best start to 4-0 with the victory and are comfortably in front of the West Division.

The Stealth were supposed to contend for the division crown but are 1-3 to start the season.

To utilize Shattler's amazing wheels, the Riggers moved him from offence to defence so he could get breakaways and wear opponents down.

The move worked last night, as he outran Stealth forward Cam Sedgwick for a breakaway against Stealth goalie Tyler Richards before burying it in the bottom corner at full speed.

"It felt good to get that off my back," said Shattler, whose second four minutes later stood up as the winner.

"The first one I had they took away from me (on a crease violation). I thought maybe I would never get a goal.

"It doesn't really matter if we're winning games. I'm just glad that one really helped the team. They were pushing pretty hard.

"Our offence was trying to get going and one goal would turn the game around.

"Petey had a big goal at the end too. It was a scoring race. We would score, they would score. I'm just glad we pulled this one out."

The tally he refers to is Peter McFetridge scoring on his own breakaway with seven minutes left.

Off a faceoff from a Stealth goal to make it 14-12, McFetridge, Jeff Moleski and Mike Kilby battled with four San Jose players for a loose ball before it bounced to McFetridge. He went in alone and scored his third of the season.

"We had some gritty play down the stretch, especially on the back end," said captain Tracey Kelusky, who had a goal and seven assists.

"The McFetridge goal ... was critical because they had just scored. We did a good job of countering their goals."

Dane Dobbie, who scored on a powerplay in the final minute, had his second straight hat-trick for the Roughnecks, who are flying on offence with 32 goals in the past two games.

Curt Malawsky also had a hat-trick, while Kaleb Toth and Josh Sanderson each had a pair and Jeff Moleski and Scott Ranger added singles.

On the other side, Colin Doyle was dynamite for the visitors getting a goal and seven helpers. Rhys Duch and Tom Johnson had hat-tricks for the Stealth.

Stealth goalie Matt Roik sat out last night's tilt with a suspension.

Replacement Aaron Bold struggled, allowing seven first-quarter goals before getting yanked.


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