Riggers scoop awards

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

As the only unbeaten team in the National Lacrosse League, the Calgary Roughnecks are finally getting some overdue respect.

It came yesterday in the form of Tracey Kelusky and Pat Campbell receiving offensive and defensive player of the week awards, the first of their kind for the Riggers this season.

"My success is a reflection of our team," said Kelusky, who had four goals and five assists in a 13-8 win over the Minnesota Swarm Friday.

"It's good we're starting to get some recognition. We're 5-0, so what more could we be doing?"

Boston's Gary Bining is the rookie and overall player of the week, while Toronto's Chris Driscoll is the top transition player. Campbell made 38 saves on 46 shots against the Swarm in shutting down one of the deepest offences in the NLL.

In his first season as a full-fledged No. 1 for the Riggers, Campbell is making the most of the opportunity.

The 31-year-old played his most complete game since joining the Roughnecks midway into last season.

"When goalies come into their own, they are typically in their 30s," said Kelusky.

"It takes longer than runners.

"He's a great goalie but an even better teammate.

"He's always about the team first and what he can do to help the team. He is a great guy and I couldn't be happier for him.

"I can speak for my teammates in saying we're excited he's getting the recognition he deserves."

The Roughnecks get back to action Saturday when they travel to Denver to face the Colorado Mammoth (3-2) for the first time this season.


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