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Nash Helps Saints Upset Calgary, 10 9

03/23/2003, 2:53pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The New York Saints (2-12) broke a six-game losing streak, as they held on for a 10-9 victory over the Calgary Roughnecks (7-6) at the Nassau Coliseum. The loss is the second in two nights for Calgary, who fell to Philadelphia last night, 12-9.

The Saints led the entire game, jumping out to an early 4-1 lead. New York kept the pressure on, as Gavin Prout and Matt Shearer scored in the second to put the Saints up 6-2 and forcing Curtis Palidwor out of the game, as Matt King came in for relief between the pipes.

Calgary stayed in the game the entire way, but never challenged until the fourth quarter. Calgary pulled Matt King for over two minutes down the stretch for the extra attacker. The tactic paid off as Kaleb Toth scored shorthanded, and Tyson Leies followed it up to cut the lead to a goal.

The Saints had two chances to score on the open net, as Doug Shanahan and Nicky Polanco tried to put it away in the final minute, but hit the post. Calgary had one final chance, but Gee Nash came up with three saves in the dying seconds to seal the victory.

Nash was named game MVP for his phenominal performance, recording 55 saves and holding the Roughnecks to only nine goals. Matt Shearer led the Saints in scoring with four goals and an assist, while Chris Panos scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added three assists.

Neil Doddridge led Calgary with a hat-trick, while Kaleb Toth scored two goals and an assist. Kyle Goundrey had three assists for the 'Riggers.

New York hosts the Columbus Landsharks next Friday at the Nassau Coliseum.

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