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March 14, 2008 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Calgary Roughnecks News Release


CALGARY - The Calgary Roughnecks suffered through their lowest offensive output of the season during an 11-6 loss to the Colorado Mammoth Friday night.

The Roughnecks (4-7) scored just two second-half goals as the Mammoth (6-3) employed a hard-hitting, tight-checking defensive system to avenge an earlier 12-9 loss it suffered to Calgary at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Feb. 24.

The game was tied 5-5 in the third quarter before Mammoth offence reeled off six straight goals. The Colorado defence then did a great job of holding Calgary's attack in check and held on for the victory to win the season series against the Roughnecks.

Colorado's trio of National Lacrosse League All-Star starters all had outstanding games for the Mammoth as forwards Gavin Prout and Dan Carey both had hat tricks, while goalie Gee Nash stopped 36 of the 42 shots he faced. Prout also had six assists to finish with an impressive nine-point outing.

In his second game back since missing eight straight contests with a concussion, Calgary captain Tracey Kelusky led the Roughneck attack with two goals and an assist in front of 11,134 fans at the 'Dome. Kaleb Toth and Lewis Ratcliff each had a goal and two assists, while Andrew McBride and Curt Malawsky added singles.

Jamie Shewchuk scored twice and set up three others for Colorado as the Mammoth halted a three-game losing streak. Jordan Cornfield and Jason Wulder each had a goal and an assist, while Nick Carlson scored once.

Calgary goalie Pat ‘Paddy' Campbell stopped 36 of 47 shots he faced before giving way to Ryan Avery who made one save in the final 2:42 of play.

A short time after Prout scored on Colorado's first shot of the game, Kelusky responded with a goal for the Roughnecks to tie the contest.

Before the end of the first quarter, Ratcliff fired a shot between Nash's legs to put the Riggers up 2-1.

Kelusky's long shot beat Nash early in the second to put Calgary up by a pair before the Mammoth rallied to score the next three goals to take a 4-3 lead.

After McBride scored on a shorthanded breakaway to tie things up, Carey rounded out the first-half scoring with a goal for the Mammoth during a two-man advantage.

Toth scored at the 8:15 mark of the third to tie the contest once again, before Prout and Carey each completed their hat tricks to put Colorado up 7-5.

The Mammoth, who also beat the Roughnecks 10-9 in Denver to start the season on Dec. 29, notched the first four goals of the fourth quarter before Malawsky counted a late goal for Calgary to round out the scoring.

The Roughnecks don't play again until next Saturday, March 22 in San Jose against the Stealth. Before then, Ratcliff, McBride and Jeff Shattler will suit up the West Division squad at the NLL All-Star Game in Edmonton this Sunday (2 p.m.) at Rexall Place.


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