Roughnecks lament lack of killer instinct

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks thought they'd torn up this script.

After fielding questions about fourth-quarter meltdowns too many times last season, it seemed they'd learned their lesson about letting late leads slip away.

Here we go again.

One week after the Colorado Mammoth clawed back from two goals down in the fourth quarter to hand the Riggers a 13-12 loss in Denver, the visiting Boston Blazers tallied four times in the final frame yesterday to steal an 11-10 win at the Saddledome.

Two one-goal losses. Too familiar.

"We've gotta go for the kill, go for the throat," Roughnecks transition specialist Jeff Shattler said yesterday after scoring ace Dan Dawson notched a last-minute marker to give the Blazers a victory in their first trip to Calgary.

"The last two games, I think we should've won. It's unfortunate. We had some breaks that didn't go our way and we've just gotta get that hunger back. Go for the kill."

A fourth-quarter collapse was an all-too-predictable storyline in the first two months of last season, when the Roughnecks were outscored 40-20 in the fourth quarter as they stumbled to a 4-6 start.

After watching a lead melt away for the second time in as many weeks yesterday, Shattler promised it won't become a trend.

Not this year.

"This isn't going to happen again to us, I guarantee it," Shattler said. "Next time we come home, we'll finish off whoever is in our barn."

Although the Riggers have now lost back-to-back games after a flawless 5-0 start, head coach Troy Cordingley isn't about to push the panic button.

"We shouldn't be hanging our heads. We're 5-2, we're still in first place in our division, and we're a good team," Cordingley said. "We just have to play 60 minutes."


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