Captain Tracey Kelusky made his return to the Roughnecks line-up and led the his team back into the win column with a 13-12 victory over divisional rivals the Vancouver Ravens in front of a season high crowd of 11,659.
In a much anticipated back and fourth contest between two potent offensive clubs, it was a story of defence and goaltending in the end. Roughnecks goaltender Curtis Palidwor and Vancouver's Dwight Maetche went save for with each other with Palidwor turning away 37 of 49 shots and Maetche answering with 34 saves on 47 Roughneck shots. Vancouver lifted Maetche for the extra attacker with a minute remaining, but Palidwor stood his ground and turned away three Vancouver shots in the final minute.
The Ravens were dominant in the initial stages of the game, jumping out to a 5-2 lead early in the second quarter, headlined by two Mike Law goals which were part of a three-goal streak to open the second quarter. A Roughneck fightback saw the score tied at 6-6 at the end of the first half.
The second half saw the scoring traded back and forth, with the Roughnecks eventually establishing a two-goal lead at 13 - 11. A Cam Sedgwick goal brought the Ravens back to within one, which led to a frantic final few minutes. The
Calgary defence kept Vancouver out to record their first ever win over the Ravens.
Mike Law and Chad Wittman, the Ravens Colorado connection, scored five goals between them, Law with two, and Wittman leading the Ravens with three goals in only his second game for the Ravens. Chris Prat and Cam Sedgwick chipped in
with two goals each. Dwight Maetche was in superb form in goal for Vancouver.
Roughnecks forward Jason Wulder was outstanding for the locals continuing his season long strong play potting a pair of goals and adding four assists in the Roughnecks win.
"The boys really played strong in front of me tonight, they kept the middle clear and punished Vancouver's forwards in tight," said Palidwor.
Kelusky provided a calming presence for the Roughnecks taking control of an offence he led for the first two games of the season putting up a goal and three helpers.
"Tracey stepped right back in where he left off, but tonight was a team win and I'm very proud of the way our guys played." said Roughnecks coach Chris Hall.
The Ravens have a chance for revenge this Sunday, when they host the Roughnecks at General Motors Place. The game kicks off at 2:00 p.m. Bobblehead Family packs are still available for the game, and include four tickets, two childs
meals at by calling ticketmaster on 604.280.4400. The Ravens practice on Saturday 1st February at General Motors Place from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Players will be available to the media from 2:00 p.m.