Sizzling streak keeps vet playing spectator

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Make no mistake, Kyle Goundrey would love to be in on the action.

But the Calgary Roughnecks reserve forward also understands there's no reason to mess with the club's high-powered attack.

"You want to be out there, but sometimes you think 'I don't even know if I'd be able to do what they're doing,' " said Goundrey, a 33-year-old lefty in his second stint with the Roughnecks after playing last season with Edmonton. "Looking at our offence, whose shoes would I fill and how big would they be to fill?"

The Riggers have stuck with the same offensive unit -- Dane Dobbie, Tracey Kelusky, Curt Malawsky, Scott Ranger, Josh Sanderson and Kaleb Toth -- in every outing so far and it seems to be working. Heading into tonight's tilt with the Colorado Mammoth (7 p.m., nll.com), the club sits atop the National Lacrosse League's West Division with a perfect 5-0 record and is averaging a league-best 13.4 goals per game.

Goundrey hoisted the Champion's Cup with the Roughnecks in 2004 and rejoined the club as a free agent in October.

During his eight-year NLL career, the Richmond, B.C., native hasn't spent much time watching from the press box. He only missed one outing in six previous seasons with the Riggers, although he was a healthy scratch twice in his only year with the Rush.

Goundrey is just one goal shy of 100 on his career -- he's also racked up 232 assists, not a bad bounty for a veteran of 123 outings -- but will have to wait for a shot to reach the milestone.

When the Riggers battle the Mammoth tonight, Goundrey will be tuning in to the online broadcast.

He'd rather be in the Mile High City, but you won't catch him complaining.

"Knowing the guys and knowing the coaches and seeing how hard everybody works, it makes it a lot easier," he said.

"What can you say? We're 5-0. If I was on the floor and they had to take somebody off, I'd be mad because we're winning."

Goundrey is one of three Riggers who has yet to suit up for a game this season. Fellow lefty Cayle Ratcliff, the Roughnecks' second-round selection in September's entry draft, is biding his time and trying to learn a thing or two from Calgary's stockpile of offensive weapons while he waits to make his pro debut.

"We don't expect anything to change," Ratcliff said. "It's great that the team is doing so well and that's all we can ask for, is that we win games. Eventually, we'll get our chance, and we'll be ready."

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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