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.
The Rebel sported their new jerseys. Photo Credit: Graig Abel Photography
Kelusky, who played for Sanderson for the Montreal Express last season, figured on each of his team's first six goals. His renowned offensive creativity was highlighted on more than one occasion as he dazzled the Ottawa faithful with highlight reel assists in the first half.
'It felt good today, the boys were ready and we showed that the Calgary Roughnecks are a different team,' said Kelusky named the Player of the Game following the win.
The Roughnecks owned a 5-2 lead at the halftime intermission and controlled most of the game.
Matt 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.
'It's a great start to the season, we identified some breakdowns we need to address prior to our next game, but overall I'm very satisfied with the effort and the result,' said Roughnecks head coach Chris Hall.
Ryan Painter, Ottawa's leading scorer during the 2001-2002 season with 45 goals, missed yesterday's game due to injury.