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ROLLER HOCKEY : Blades Slip Past Calgary in Home Opener

July 07, 1993|BRIAN JAMARILLO | TIMES STAFF WRITER

This is hockey in July. Roller hockey. A game with no Gretzky, no goons, and most important, no ice.

The Los Angeles Blades, playing this peculiar version of the sport, defeated the Calgary Rad'z, 7-6, Tuesday night at the Forum before 2,874.

It was the home opener for the Blades (3-0), who compete in Roller Hockey International, a 12-team league playing its inaugural season.

Behind two goals each from Steve Bogoyevac and Ralph Barahona, the Blades took a three-goal fourth period lead, before Calgary scored the game's final three goals.

The game is fast-paced, and from a distance it looks like regular hockey. However, the rules have been changed a bit.

Blue lines have been eliminated. There are only four skaters and a goalie to a side. Players are ejected for fighting. The players wear in-line skates, skating on a 'sport-court' surface. And of course, there's no Zamboni.

Blade forward Ralph Barahona opened the scoring with a wrist shot 3:10 into the game.

He added another goal as the Blades took a 3-2 halftime lead.

They increased that to 5-2 after third-period goals by Bogoyevac and Rich Garvey.

Calgary cut the score to 5-3 in the third period before Kip Guenther scored from close range, giving the Blades a 6-3 lead heading into the fourth.

The Rad'z scored three times in the fourth to make the score to 7-6 with 26 seconds to play.

The Blades will play host to the Anaheim Bullfrogs Thursday.

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