Roughnecks dig out captain Kelusky

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 PM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks had their goalie run down, but they were the ones who ended up killing a penalty.

The weird sequence in the second quarter of a 15-7 win over the Philadelphia Wings was actually a turning point in the victory.

Calgary product Geoff Snider smashed into the back of Matt King as the Riggers netminder was playing the ball, but it was on a delayed penalty on Kaleb Toth.

When Riggers captain Tracey Kelusky argued that Snider should get a five-minute major for the hit, Kelusky was slapped with a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Unlike two previous Wings powerplays, the Riggers penalty killers stepped up and shut down the visiting offence, including a full 1:11 after Dane Dobbie was given a holding call.

The Wings never threatened after that.

“The guys bailed me out,” Kelusky said. “Dobs then got a back penalty in the offensive zone and Kinger bailed us both out. That’s what our team is all about. Guys will make mistakes but we just correct it.”

Kelusky still argues the Snider hit should have been a major.

“The whole principal is when we touch the ball, it’s a whistle,” Kelusky said. “There should be no contact. Furthermore, it was contact on our goalie in the back. I thought it should be a five.

“The ref asked me to get away. I asked about another incident, took the penalty … you live and learn.”

When Kelusky got out of the box, he fired in his second of the game.

He was robbed twice early in the first half. The first one, Wings goalie Brandon Miller got his hand on a quick stick off a nice tic-tac-toe passing play. Kelusky later tried an over-the-shoulder backhand that Miller somehow got a piece of for a huge save.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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