Carnegie Hall-sized space for shooter

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

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Scott Carnegie was standing by himself in the slot so long, he was starting to get lonely.

On a fast-break yesterday during the Calgary Roughnecks' 15-8 victory over the Colorado Mammoth, Carnegie went to the front of the net as the ball went into the corner for Jeff Shattler.

Funny thing happened. No one came with him.

Shattler made a move to get free from two defenders, fired a pass to Carnegie and he scored for a crucial third-quarter goal.

"I thought one guy was going to take me, but one guy took off for Shats," Carnegie said. "I was sorta wide open, wasn't I?"

Although Carnegie's goal made the score 11-5 for the home side, it was important because it came after the Mammoth found the twine twice to start the second half.

If they were mounting a comeback, consider it squashed.

"Our captain (Tracey Kelusky) looked down the bench and said we're still up by five, it's going to be fine, then Scott Carnegie went and scored a huge goal for us," head coach Troy Cordingley said.

"It took a bit of a wind out of their sails."

Carnegie's goal was one of four from Roughnecks defenders.

In the opening minutes, Shattler picked off a pass in his own end and sprinted the floor to score on the breakaway. Nolan Heavenor tallied twice.

"We need that to win," Carnegie said. "We always talk about it.

"When we lose, our defensive guys aren't scoring. We need that in every game. Transition is so key in playoffs.


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