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ROCKY RIVAL
Roughnecks go for four straight wins versus the Toronto Rock at the 'Dome.

By Bryce Forbes | Published: 2/28/2014 at 9:57:44 AM



In lacrosse terms, it’s been almost an eternity since the Calgary Roughnecks and Toronto Rock faced off.

In reality it’s only been a shade under two months, but these are two completely different teams going head-to-head compared to the early January matchup in Toronto.

It was the Roughnecks season opener, and they were behind the eight-ball the entire night, eventually losing 16-11.

Now, the Roughnecks have won three straight games with an electrifying offense and a styfling defence, and will look to make it four in a row on Saturday night down at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

“Last time we were in Toronto they gave it to us pretty good,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky.  “We haven’t beat Toronto in the last three goes. They’ve had our number and they play us tough. Every time we play them, they play us tough.

“They’ve got a world-class offence and they run real good systems on the back end. It’s going to be another real tough game for us.”

Last week’s game was the biggest win for the Roughnecks this season. Facing off against the two-time defending NLL Champion Rochester Knighthawks, the Roughnecks fought back from two big deficits to earn an 11-10 win.

“You look at it and we showed good resiliency being down 5-1, 9-6 and then being able to keep our composure and battle through a real tough game,” Malawsky said.

“Rochester’s a very physical team. You don’t get anything for free out there. They make you earn everything you get. We were fortunate enough to jump on a run there near the end of the game.

“We had Mike Poulin stand real tall for us, plus with our defence late in the game, we weathered the storm against a very good offensive team.”

That was last week though, and they know they are facing a team that has historically had their number.

“Moving forward, Toronto’s a team that did hand it to us pretty good,” said Roughnecks captain Andrew McBride.

“They’ve got a prolific offence. In all their wins they’ve scored over 15 goals. We know we’re going to have to do a good job of shutting them down. They’re probably one of our biggest rivals over the past couple years in the NLL.”

Game time is 7 p.m. down at the ‘Dome with tickets still available at all Ticketmaster locations. 

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