Calgary Topples Rebel, 14-9
Player of the Game: Calgary attacker Tracey Kelusky with a nine-point game (4 goals, 5 assists). Ottawa Player of the Game: Goaltender Matt Disher made 36 saves. Scorers: Calgary -- Tracey Kelusky 4 goals, 5 assists; Tyson Leies 3 goals, 1 assist; Kaleb Toth 3 goals; Kyle Goundrey 2 goals, 2 assists; John Olson 2 goals; Jason Wulder 4 assists. Ottawa -- Stephen Evans 2 goals, 2 assists; Kevin Howard 2 goals, 1 assist; Linsday Plunkett 2 goals; Brad Self 1 goal, 1 assist; Mat Giles 1 goal; Jamie Roy 1 goal; Jason Clark 3 assists; Matt Disher 1 assist; Scott Self 1 assist. Synopsis: Tracey Kelusky haunted his former coach Terry Sanderson (now the coach in Ottawa) with a nine-point game as the Calgary Roughnecks downed the Ottawa Rebel 14-9 in front of 3,642 fans at the Civic Centre in the opening game of the National Lacrosse League for both teams. Kelusky, who played for Sanderson for the Montreal Express last season, figured on each of his team's first six goals. The Roughnecks owned a 5-2 lead at the halftime intermission and controlled most of the game. Mat Giles scored for Ottawa with 4:14 remaining in the fourth quarter to make the score 11-8 in favour of Calgary, but the Roughnecks rallied for the final three goals of the game to put the Rebel out of commission. Ryan Painter, Ottawa's leading scorer during the 2001-2002 season with 45 goals, missed yesterday's game due to injury. Upcoming Rebel Games:
Fri., Jan. 3 @ Columbus Landsharks, 3:30 p.m. (Nationwide Arena)
Sat., Jan. 4 @ New York Saints, 7:30 p.m. (Nassau Coliseum)
Next Home Game: Sat., Jan. 11 vs. Colorado Mammoth, 7 p.m. (Civic Centre, Lansdowne Park)
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National Lacrosse League Stories from December 28, 2002
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- Calgary Topples Rebel, 14-9 - Ottawa Rebel
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