Riggers make call for goalie

WES GILBERTSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

With starting netminder Steve Dietrich still on the shelf for at least a week with a concussion, the Calgary Roughnecks have called for reinforcements, adding Pat Campbell to the active roster.

While the injured Dietrich told club brass Tuesday he hasn't had a headache for a few days and is "feeling pretty good", Riggers general manager Kurt Silcott isn't feeling too bad about the backup plan, either.

Ryan Avery will get the starting nod in Saturday's road clash against the Rochester Knighthawks, but Campbell, a former member of the Edmonton Rush, will face plenty of rubber in the morning shootaround and will be ready to go if called upon.

Dietrich, who has missed the last two games with concussion symptoms, will undergo an MRI today and, if everything checks out, could return next weekend.

In the meantime, Campbell is the insurance policy. The Niagara Falls, Ont., native is a 10-year NLL veteran and has suited up in 108 regular-season games.

The problem is, Campbell suffers from Crohn's Disease and can't handle the stress of long flights. After training camp, it was determined that commuting to Calgary for games was out of the question.

If he can find a match, Silcott is open to trading Campbell to a squad closer to his home.

"Pat's a good goalie and a good person, so if we can find him a team in the East, we're going to do that," he said, but the Riggers GM hasn't ruled out the possibility of having Campbell around full-time.

Silcott has asked the 31-year-old to consider making Calgary his home, at least during the NLL season.


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