Goalie robs Riggers

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

On a Valentine's Day date in Denver, the Calgary Roughnecks were burned by an ex.

Former Riggers netminder Andrew Leyshon made some highlight-reel stops to keep it close, then watched as his Colorado Mammoth jumped into the lead in the final frame en route to a 13-12 victory last night that spoiled the Riggers' bid to keep their perfect record intact and pad their lead atop the West Division.

The Mammoth scored five fourth-quarter goals, capped by Gavin Prout's long bounce shot with just six and a half minutes remaining that eluded Riggers netminder Pat Campbell and gave the hosts their first lead of the night.

"(Leyshon) is a goalie that's playing with confidence right now," said Roughnecks captain Tracey Kelusky. "But at the same time, offensively, we have to be accountable. Myself, I had three or four glorious opportunities that I should have buried."

The Mammoth were trailing 10-8 after three quarters, but knotted the score with a pair of powerplay goals -- one by Jamie Shewchuk and another off the stick of Gary Rosyski -- while Riggers veteran Kaleb Toth served a major penalty for high-sticking.

Curt Malawsky briefly restored the Roughnecks' one-goal lead, but Mammoth defender Tom Ethington tied it up and Prout put the hosts ahead 26 seconds later.

With the loss, the Riggers fall to 5-1, while the Mammoth improve to 4-2.

Lefty Dane Dobbie notched a hat-trick and had three assists for the Roughnecks, while Toth, Malawsky, Scott Ranger and Josh Sanderson each potted a pair. Kelusky chipped in with one goal and four assists. Brian Langtry had three goals and four assists to pace the Mammoth.

The Riggers return to the Saddledome next Sunday to face scoring sensation Dan Dawson and the expansion Boston Blazers.

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