Captain leads way to win

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Tracey Kelusky helped make history in the most spectacular fashion.

With the Minnesota Swarm fighting back (sort of), the Calgary Roughnecks captain went behind the opposing net, left his feet and hooked the ball around a post.

That was the final swat on the Swarm in a 13-8 National Lacrosse League victory in front of 10,090 spectators last night at the Saddledome.

The win gave the Roughnecks (5-0) their first five-game win streak in franchise history and Kelusky had a nine-point night.

"It was the end of the shot clock," said Kelusky, who finished with four goals and five assists. "We were on a penalty and I was trapped back there. I thought I may as well try it. I was hoping for a reset or whatever.

"I'm not sure I cleared more than two inches off the ground.

"But it was good."

The officials reviewed it to make sure Kelusky didn't get in the crease or touch the goalpost with his stick.

He did neither.

So the boisterous crowd and both teams watched it over and over, which didn't make Kelusky all that happy.

"If I would have got another few inches higher, then absolutely, I would like to see it again," he said with a laugh.

"I didn't get high enough off the ground."

Forward Josh Sanderson also made some history.

With his second of four assists and one goal, the Riggers lefty moved into fifth place in the NLL's all-time scoring list.

But the night belonged to Kelusky and the Roughnecks' swarming defence in front of hot netminder Pat Campbell.

The visitors were stifled for more than 27 minutes to give the hosts temporary hope for an unprecedented shutout.

By the time the Swarm hit the scoreboard, as Chad Culp solved Campbell with an underhand bouncer through his legs, the Riggers were already up 6-0 and only two minutes were left in the opening half.

"It's awesome," Kelusky said about the defensive effort. "To hold them to one goal in the first half, that was amazing for us.

"Paddy was so athletic making saves, and you see the chances they were getting -- not many -- was the result of our strong defence. They were tenacious getting after them."

Kaleb Toth had a hat-trick, while Sanderson, Jeff Moleski, Scott Ranger, Jeff Shattler and Dane Dobbie had singles to round out the scoring for the Roughnecks, who chased Swarm starting goalie Nick Patterson midway through the third quarter.

Culp had a pair of goals while Kevin Fines, Andrew Watt, Ryan Ward, Travis Hill, Kevin Ross and Dean Hill also scored for the Swarm, who drop to 2-2 and 21/2 games behind Calgary in the West Division.

The Riggers are in Colorado next Saturday in an attempt to put more distance between themselves and the teams chasing them in their division.

With Buffalo losing 13-11 last night to Philadelphia, the Riggers remain the only unbeaten team in the NLL.

No one could argue they aren't the hottest.

Their final goal was a thing of beauty, and it made all of the offensive players take notice.

"I was coming off, so I looked up the Jumbotron and couldn't believe it," said lefty Dobbie, who had the assist on the final tally, one of four on the night.

"It was unbelievable. (Kelusky) pulls moves off that I've never seen. He's a good leader and someone for me to look up to. Every day he teaches me a few things."


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