King of the net makes life Rough on Mammoth

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

The question after three straight Matt King wins is if there's a goaltending controversy brewing with the Calgary Roughnecks.

"No, there isn't," said Riggers coach Troy Cordingley, after King stopped 41 shots in anchoring his club's 13-10 win over the Colorado Mammoth last night at the Saddledome.

"We have two number ones with King and Pat Campbell. We're real confident in both our goalies. We're pleased with the way King played (last night)."

There's no doubt the Roughnecks should be pleased with the eight-year NLL veteran.

The 6-foot-1, 210-lb. King was the backbone in last night's triumph, showing timely ball-stopping ability, especially against the wild and woolly Mammoth powerplay.

His best save came in the third quarter, with the Riggers up 10-7, on a Mammoth man-advantage. In a scramble around the Roughnecks net, King kicked up his foot while down on the floor to knock away a sure goal and preserve the three-goal lead.

"I just guessed on it," King said. "Their powerplay is one of the best in the league -- they just move the ball so well. I was just totally out of position, and I just fell over, and I just happened to move my foot to the right place where they shot it. It looked good, but it was just a total fluke."

Cordingley chalked it up to King getting on a roll at the right time.

"He was real hot," Cordingley said.

"Sometimes when goalies get hot, the ball finds their body. But he was real good, too. They had some real good opportunities on the powerplay, and he eliminated them from scoring."

It was King's third straight start -- all victories -- to improve him to 4-0 on the season. Campbell is 4-2.

"The team always plays really well in front of me," King said. "They sort of held me in the game in the first half -- I wasn't playing all that well, and they really held it together for me until I played better in the second half."


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