King of the net chips in offensively for hosts

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

For 45:24 minutes last night, Matt King single-handedly outscored the San Jose Stealth.

When the 17-5 victory was over, the Calgary Roughnecks goalie had his first game-winning goal as well as the first one he scored in nearly two decades.

At the end of the first quarter last night, King scooped up a loose ball in his crease, then fired the length of the floor into the empty Stealth net.

"Luck -- that shot was luck," King said. "I haven't scored since I was eight. I've never scored from net.

"I've been using a new shaft the last couple of games. It has a lot more flex. I thought I threw it way too high. I was as shocked as anybody when it went in."

Not only did it go in, it was dead centre.

That made it 6-0 after 15 minutes, but King didn't stop there.

He shut the Stealth out through three full quarters before being solved.

With an assist in the third quarter, King managed to top NLL leading scorer Colin Doyle, who managed just an assist for the Stealth.

He finished with 42 saves in a dominant performance, but he was quick to credit his defenders.

"I said it before, goaltending is a team effort -- offence, defence, everybody ..." King said. "The positive thing was we limited them.

"Their opportunities were not that great. I maybe had to make three or four saves. The rest of it was standing there, receiving the ball and sending it back out to our transition."

Being the Stealth proved they could fill the net in a 20-16 win over the Portland LumberJax in the opening round of the playoffs, the Riggers' defensive performance is even more impressive.

But when the fourth quarter started, not even King was thinking about a shutout.

"Not in lacrosse,"King said. "Mind you, there was a record set in New York (last night) where Matt Vinc held Buffalo to three."

Vinc made 40 saves to earn a trip to Calgary next Friday for the Champion's Cup. So King is already looking forward.

"Next week, they have Casey Powell and an incredible offence, a strong defence and a goalie that's second to none," King said. "We have a big challenge in front of us."


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