The Vancouver Ravens and the Calgary Roughnecks played in a controlled scrimmage before a crowd of more than 1500 tonight at General Motors Place.
In what was a typical preseason game, both teams struggled to gain dominance. The match was tight until the fourth quarter, when the Ravens scored 5 goals to break away from Calgary. Vancouver came away triumphant, with the final score of 13 - 10
Newly acquired Bruce Alexander (Vancouver?s first pick in Montreal?s dispersal draft) opened the scoring early in the first quarter. Vancouver Captain Darren Reisig gave the Ravens a two-goal lead, however the tables quickly turned and by the end of the first quarter Calgary had a one-goal lead. The second quarter the net was filled with goals; each team netted four. Calgary finished the first half with a seven to six lead. The third quarter was relatively quiet in lacrosse standards, with Calgary scoring one and Vancouver two. The Teams started the fourth even at eight apiece. It was Vancouver who controlled the final frame, outscoring the Roughnecks five to two, ultimately winning 13 to 10.
Standouts for the Ravens include Mike Law, who led the Ravens with three goals and two assists, Ryan O?Connor who had one goal and three assists and forward Matt Dwane. Last years MVP, Chris Gill also chipped in with one goal and two assists. Rob Colville, former Roughneck, also had two goals and one assist for the Ravens, all of which came in the fourth quarter.
Matt Green led the Roughnecks with three goals and one assist, while former Raven, Kyle Goundrey, had one goal and three assists. Kaleb Toth also netted two goals for the Roughnecks.
The next game for the Vancouver Ravens is the season opener against the Philadelphia Wings at General Motors Place on January 3rd, 2003. The Calgary Roughnecks kick off on December 28th, 2002, against the Ottawa Rebel.