Roughnecks given chance to hand rival Stealth their sixth straight loss.
All signs point to the Calgary Roughnecks having success versus the Vancouver Stealth on Saturday down at the ‘Dome.
The Stealth are losers of five straight games, and sit in the bottom of the West Division. The Roughnecks were the team that handed the Stealth the first loss in that stretch, a 15-12 decision back on Jan. 18th down. The Stealth will be playing their second game of the weekend, having to fly in from Colorado on Saturday, while the Roughnecks will be on fresh legs.
But none of those points will really matter much though come Saturday night.
For the Stealth, they are fairly healthy, suspension-free and fielding their best roster of the year.
“We’ve got the Stealth coming in this weekend and they’ll have a full gamut of their players,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky. “That’ll be the best lineup that we’re going to see thus far in the season comparative to the one time we played them earlier in the year.
“We expect their best. They’re the Western champs. We’re looking forward to getting back on the floor and continuing where we left off from last weekend.”
The Roughnecks, on the other hand, are coming off a win last weekend versus the Minnesota Swarm, bringing their squad back to .500. The Roughnecks exploded for a strong second half, with Curtis Dickson leading the way with five goals.
“Last week, I thought the guys, their compete level was a lot better than it had been in the previous weeks,” Malawsky said.
“We just went back to what makes us successful from a systematic standpoint.
"The guys, they battled hard on the loose balls and we possessed the ball very well. Offensively we shared the ball, shared the floor. I think that made a big difference and we had some key saves at key moments of the game. Our transition game was solid as well. We got four goals from the back end and one got called back.
“We were happy with that, so there were a lot of positives. That being said, there’s a lot more room for improvement for us to get us to where we need to get to.”
Game time is 7 p.m. down at the 'Dome with tickets still available.