Roughnecks Clip Wings

Calgary 15 – Philadelphia 7

– story by Tom Frank
– photos by Marcelo Saguez

Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary – Saturday night was only the third time in franchise history that the Calgary Roughnecks have faced-off against the visiting Philadelphia Wings. The Riggers lost both previous matches by scores of 19-13 (March 22, 2003) and 10-7 (February 10, 2007).

Calgary entered the contest, fresh off a bye week, on a three game winning streak. Philly had hoped to continue their momentum after defeating the Buffalo Bandits last weekend 15-11 in Buffalo.

Kaleb Toth got the hosts on the board early, scoring 24 seconds into the game. A few minutes later, Jeff Shattler made it 2-0 with a marker from the top of the crease. The Wings power play unit looked strong in the first quarter, scoring on their first two opportunities – each time closing the gap to within a goal at 2-1 and 3-2. Calgary regained their 2-goal advantage with Tracey Kelusky scoring with one second remaining in the quarter.

Calgary continued their charge in the second with 3 more goals, 2 by Scott Ranger and another by Toth. After peppering shots on Riggers goalie, Matt King, during 5 on 3 and 5 on 4 advantages with no success, Drew Westervelt finally responded for Philadelphia, making the score 7-3. This started an exciting minute of action with both teams trading goals. The Roughnecks answered 20 seconds later, followed by a Wings goal 7 seconds after that. Calgary notched another within 14 seconds finishing the half with a 9-4 lead.

The Roughnecks outscored the Wings in the third, 4-1, including 2 on the powerplay. Philadelphia made a goalie change after starter, Brandon Miller, was stung with goal 13. To his credit, Miller was not getting much support from his D, as Calgary was allowed to take many shots point blank. At one point in the third, shots on goal were tied at 34. Philly went a span of about five minutes without a shot. In that same span, the Roughnecks scored 3 goals on 8 shots.

The teams exchanged 2 goals apiece in the final frame. Scott Carnegie scored his first of the season, assisted by his brother Mike, to finish the game for the Roughnecks 15-7.

With the win, the Riggers are now tied for second in the West with the Edmonton Rush at 5-3. They are only a half game back of the division-leading Washington Stealth who come for a visit next weekend, Saturday, March 13. First place is on the line.

Other Game Notes:

-Josh Sanderson reached the 900 point plateau with assists on Calgary’s 1st two goals
-Wings win 20 of 25 faceoffs
-scorers for Calgary Kelusky (3-5), Ranger (4-1), Toth (2-3), Sanderson (1-5)
-for Philly Kyle Walles (3-0), Westervelt (1-4)

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