SETTIN’ IT UP:
The wait is almost over.
After nearly three weeks without game action, the Roughnecks (1-0) are back at the Scotiabank Saddledome Saturday night for their Home Opener against the Colorado Mammoth (0-1). (7:30 P.M., tickets)
It’s the first of two regular season meetings in the fierce Rocky Mountain Rivalry, and with both squads having not played since Nov. 29 you can expect two well-rested teams chomping at the bit to get back on the turf.
The Riggers are coming off a convincing 12-7 season-opening victory over the Vancouver Warriors last month, while the Mammoth are looking to correct a rocky start following a 9-8 defeat at the hands of the Saskatchewan Rush.
In their last meeting, the Roughnecks fell 12-9 to the Mammoth during the 2019 pre-season at home.
This weekend’s tilt will be streamed free on BR Live, Twitter and Facebook as the NLL’s featured Game of the Week.
The Roughnecks and Colorado Mammoth met three times in the regular season last year, with the Mammoth taking the season-series 2-1.
To cap off 2018-19 matchups vs. Colorado, the Roughnecks defeated the Mammoth 8-4 in the West Final at home to punch their ticket to the NLL Cup Finals.
2019-20 POINTS LEADERS *Anticipated in lineup Dec. 21:
Curtis Dickson – 2g, 3a
Tyler Pace – 1g, 3a
Marshal King – 1g, 2a
Jacob Ruest – 3g, 2a
Eli McLaughlin – 5a
Ryan Lee – 2g, 1a
THIS, THAT, & THE OTHER:
THIS: Saturday night marks the final celebration of the Roughnecks’ 2019 NLL Cup Title. The game will feature the Roughnecks’ 2019 Championship Banner raising ceremony pre-game, along with replica mini-banners for the first 3,000 fans through the doors. For a full listing of Rough House activities during the Home Opener, click here.
THAT: Two of the best netminders in lacrosse are gearing up for another showdown; Christian Del Bianco and Mammoth goaltender Dillon Ward. Del Bianco made a jaw-dropping 63 saves in his last outing (.900 sv%), while Ward also stood on his head in his last game stopping 54 shots (.857 sv%).
THE OTHER: Be on the lookout for an important milestone Saturday. Forward Curtis Dickson is just three goals shy of 400 in his career. The marker would make Dickson the second-ever Roughneck ever to hit 400 goals scored all with the franchise, following Dane Dobbie who surpassed the milestone last season.