Calgary Ends Three Game Slide

2nd Quarter Shut-Out Crushes Rush

story by Tom Frank
photos by Marcelo Saguez

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Roughnecks have lost their last three games and find themselves tied for 4th place in the West with the Minnesota Swarm at 1-3. The Edmonton Rush have won 3 straight games for the first time in franchise history, placing them 2nd in the West with a 3-1 record. Their most recent victory was a 14-11 decision over the Roughnecks last Saturday night in the first of this home-at-home series.

From the opening face-off, the Riggers controlled the quarter and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Edmonton’s Ryan Powell, got the Rush back into the game with 2 goals; an individual effort on the crease for his 1st, his 2nd by recovering a blocked shot on the power-play.

Calgary dominated the second quarter with a 5 goal outburst, including 1 on the power-play and 2 shorthanded goals approximately a minute apart.

The Roughnecks first goal of the quarter came from Scott Ranger. Ranger made his way around the back of the net, took a low back hand shot as he returned to the front, collected the rebound and continued to pump fakes at goalie Matt Disher until he fell to the ground leaving an empty net for Ranger.

With Edmonton’s Brett Mydske off for a 5 minute major checking from behind penalty, Tracey Kelusky connected with Josh Sanderson on the crease for the power-play goal.

Calgary was later penalized twice, making it a 4 on 3 advantage for the Rush. Kelusky scored just as Edmonton’s major ended. Matt King denies the charge by Edmonton off the face-off and Jeff Shattler comes back with another shorthanded effort within a minute.

Edmonton looked to scramble late in the half. They tried everything, shooting from the outside, from behind the net, but King was sharp and had help from his defenders as they blocked shots and delivered punishing hits.

Craig Conn at 13:52 to give the Roughnecks a 8-2 lead going into halftime.

Down 9-2, Edmonton finally scores at 6:01 in the third quarter. King looked to have brought his “A” game, stopping shots point blank and coming out high past his crease to cut all angles.

The teams scored 4 apiece in the fourth quarter. Edmonton’s goals included a power-play and shorthanded marker, while Calgary would score one more on the power-play.

The fourth quarter also featured 3 fights, reminding us this is the “Battle of Alberta.” With the Roughnecks up 11-5, Jeff Moleski and Derek Suddons for Edmonton got into it. Round 2’s card had Calgary’s Mike Kilby vs Brodie Merrill. Kilby got the worst of it with a cut above his left eye. Scott Carnegie and Jim Quinlan got into it with just over a minute remaining in the game.

Next up for Calgary, a Valentine’s Day match-up against the Toronto Rock. This marks the return of coaches Troy Cordingley and Terry Sanderson to Calgary.

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