Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fierce Storm Ends Game Early, Giving Roughriders Bizarre Win over Als

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fierce Storm Ends Game Early, Giving Roughriders Bizarre Win over Als

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Riders beat Als in shortened game


MONTREAL - Mother Nature made CFL history Friday night.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Montreal Alouettes 17-10 in the first-ever CFL contest called off early because of inclement weather at Molson Stadium.

"That's the first time that's ever happened to me in my career," Roughriders defensive end Charleston Hughes said. "I'll take it."

Officials called the game on account of lightning in the area following an hour-long delay with 2:41 left in the third quarter. CFL games can be called following a 60-minute delay if the match was stopped past the midway point of the third quarter.

The current weather protocol was negotiated into the CFL and CFL Players' Association collective bargaining agreement this spring.

"We knew what the circumstances were if they would've cancelled the game," Alouettes returner Shakeir Ryan said. "We would've taken the loss. We were anxious to get back out there on the field. We all wanted to go back out there and play and finish the game.

"At least let us decide the end of the game, not the weather."

Both teams entered the game having won three out of their last four games, and Friday night's win pushed Saskatchewan's winning streak to four games. The Roughriders enter their bye week at 5-3, while the Alouettes are 3-4.

"We are starting to come together as a team," Riders linebacker Solomon Eliminian said. "We started to understand our identity as a team."

Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo threw for 166 yards in the victory, while Als quarterbacks Antonio Pipkin and Matthew Shiltz combined for nine completed passes and 90 yards passing.

"We lost the game, not happy about it," Shiltz said. "Short, but wished we could've kept on playing. At the end of the day, we didn't win the game. We need to be better on offence."

No offensive touchdowns were scored in the game. …

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