The San Jose Stealth were held scoreless through three quarters of action as the Calgary Roughnecks cruised to a 17-5 victory in the West Division Finals at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Roughnecks move on to the Champion’s Cup Finals to face the New York Titans next weekend.
The Roughnecks opened the game with six goals in the first quarter, three of which were scored by Tracey Kelusky. The Stealth offense continued to sputter in the second quarter as Calgary added three more to take a 9-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the third, the Roughnecks put up six more as Dan Dobbie recorded at hat trick in the quarter. Roughnecks goaltender Matt King made 29 saves to take a clean sheet into the final stanza.
The Stealth finally broke through with a goal 24 seconds into the fourth quarter on a goal by Rhys Duch. Jeff Zywicki added two in the quarter. Frank Resetarits and Eric Martin each netted one more. Two more from the Roughnecks rounded out the scoring and the 17-5 final.
King finished with 42 saves and an empty net goal to earn the game’s MVP honors. Kelusky led the Calgary offense with five goals and Josh Sanderson was credited with nine assists and ten points.
The Stealth finish the season 8-10. For the second time in three seasons, the Stealth were ousted in the West Division Finals.