The Calgary Roughnecks (2-0) defeated the New Jersey Storm (2-2) by a score of 14-9 in front of 10,149 fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The loss marked the first time New Jersey fell on the road, while Calgary triumphed in their home opener.
The Roughnecks looked rusty in the first-half coming off an off-week following their opening week win in Ottawa. The Roughnecks carried the play early, but New Jersey goaltender Derek General held the Roughnecks at bay for most of the first half.
Defence was the key for the Roughnecks in the first half, as the offence couldn't find its grove early. New Jersey looked to take a commanding lead late in the first quarter on a two-man advantage, but the Roughnecks defence answered keeping New Jersey off the board. The Roughnecks then went on a two-man advantage of their own scoring late in the power play to notch the score at three.
Roughnecks Tyson Leies, known around professional lacrosse for his ability to excite the crowd, did just that following his third period goal. Leies climbed the glass and saluted the crowd bringing the 10,149 Roughnecks fans
to their feet.
The game marked the second consecutive contest that Roughnecks goaltender Curtis Palidwor held the opposition two under 10 goals. Palidwor, acquired just prior to the season from the Columbus Landsharks, was outstanding in
the second half allowing just three goals.
"The week off showed, but once the boys got the touch back things started to click," said Roughnecks forward and Player of the Game, Kaleb Toth.
"We made a concerted effort to really shore up our defence coming into to this season, and I think that really showed this afternoon," added Roughnecks head coach, Chris Hall.
New Jersey forward Roy Colsey scored four goals and one assist to lead the Storm while Scott Stewart and Bryan Bendig chipped in with two goals each.
Despite the loss, the Storm remain in a tie with Colorado for the NLL Eastern Division's top spot. The Storm split their games this weekend after defeating the New York Saints by the score of 19-9 on Friday evening at home and dropping Sunday's game at Calgary.
The Storm will return home on Sunday, January 19th against the Buffalo Bandits at 1:00 p.m. with the first 2,500 fans recieving Storm Dance Team posters.
The Roughnecks return to the floor at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Friday, January 17th when the defending NLL Champion Toronto Rock visit the 'Dome (7:30pm MST) live on Rogers SportsNet.