The Roughnecks take on the newly-christened Vancouver Stealth at the 'Dome.
After visiting the Edmonton Rush for the Battle of Alberta on Friday, the Calgary Roughnecks return home to host the Vancouver Stealth at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET for a rematch of last year's West Division Final.
In Calgary’s home opener last Friday, a solid effort resulted in the first win of the season for a hungry Roughnecks team. The team did it in front of a solid fan base of 11,232 filling the ‘Dome.
“It was a big game for us, to win our home opener,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky. “We hadn’t done that in the last couple of years.”
The biggest match-up between the two teams last year, came in the West Division Final. The result was a heartbreaking 14-13 result in the Stealth’s favor.
“We’re going to come out fired up,” added Dobbie when asked about any bad blood from last year’s post-season exit, “but every game in this league you’ve got to come out with that jam or you’re not going to win. It’s just another game, but it’s always in the back of my head on who beats us.”
In this year’s pre-season, the Roughnecks topped the Stealth 9-8 at the Langley Events Centre. Forward Dane Dobbie completed the hat trick early in the second quarter, which saw a total of 6 goals by the Roughnecks.
“Vancouver’s got a great team, and they always play us tough,” said Dobbie, “it’s always a battle. Every game we play them we’re always hurting after that one. They’ve got a big defense, they’re physical, and they’ve added a lot on the front end. They’re a good team, and we’ll have to be at our best.”
With both teams playing the night before, the Stealth and Roughnecks will meet for the first time of the 2014 NLL season.
“It’s always a really good battle, we faced each other in the West Division Final last year, so I think Calgary has some motivation for the game,” said Stealth Head Coach, Chris Hall.
This will be the first game between these two teams, since their meeting in last year’s West Division final where the Stealth came away with the 14-13 win to claim the Western Division crown.
The Stealth and Roughnecks are both coming off Friday night games but Hall doesn’t think that fatigue will play a factor in the outcome,
“I don’t think tiredness is a real issue in this league, in back-to-backers,” said Hall. “I expect the usual spirited game in Calgary on Saturday night.”
The Stealth are 13-16 overall against the Roughnecks but have a 9-4 record on the road. The Stealth won the regular season series 2-1 against the Roughnecks last year, which included a 12-11 win on the road.
When the Stealth hit the turf on Saturday night they’ll be looking to earn their third win in a row at the Saddledome. Game time is 6PM PST and the game can be seen on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.