The Calgary Roughnecks know they still have a lot left to prove.
After leading the Riggers to a 16-13 win over the Vancouver Stealth at the Scotiabank Saddledome last Saturday night, Curtis Dickson said the Riggers have a long ways to go to live up to the expectations they set for themselves at the outset of the 2015 National Lacrosse League campaign.
“We’ve been kind of feeling that heat all year,” said Dickson, who scored seven goals and set up two others against the Stealth. “We’ve put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform and I think we’ve been underperforming lately. It was nice to get a performance like that out of our offence. It’s one game. We’ve got to keep this moving forward.”
The ’Necks hope to continue their rise from the bottom of the league standings on the road in Rochester this Saturday (5:30 p.m., TSN GO) when they take on the three-time defending NLL champion Knighthawks.
“We’re looking at 1-6 in the eyes and that’s not good enough,” Dickson said. “We’ve got a long ways to go if we want to get ourselves in a playoff position. We’ve got to carry this momentum over to (Saturday) and for the rest of the season.”
The Riggers have a bit of added motivation this weekend seeing as how they fell short of winning their third Champion’s Cup in franchise history in Rochester last May and instead had to watch as the K-Hawks rallied to capture their record-setting third league title in a row.
“Obviously they’re a big test,” said goalie Frankie Scigliano, who made 36 saves to backstop Calgary to victory over Vancouver last weekend. “I think there’s a little added incentive because of the way things ended there last year. The second win is huge here going forward. There’s lots of little things we need to work on to be the best we can be this weekend.”
Following his squad’s first win of the season, Calgary captain Andrew McBride said he and his teammates could finally breathe a sigh of relief before refocusing on the tough task ahead of them.
“Sometime you have to celebrate your successes, especially after a tough start to the season – a lot of emotion coming out after securing a win,” McBride said. “It was good to see the guys rewarded, because all week we’ve been answering questions about effort and commitment and I thought all those things came to fruition (against the Stealth). I know it’s not where we want to be and obviously we’re going to refocus … but it’s a positive thing that we can get the ball rolling.”
“We’re going to do a video session when we get to Rochester,” said Calgary coach Curt Malawsky. “We’ll show all the positive things that we’ve got to work on. It’s only one game and we’re not looking behind us. We’ve got a vision of where we want to go. Now we know how to get there. That’s a big part of it, so we’re just going to stay positive as a group.”
“Rochester is definitely a tough place to play,” said McBride. “We respect this team. Obviously they’re the three-time champs, so we really need to just build off this (win over Vancouver). Just like momentum has kind of carried us downwards, hopefully this game propels us to get momentum in the positive direction.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Last Saturday’s win over the Stealth was the first-ever victory for Scigliano at the Saddledome in front of his hometown fans. It was also his first win since finishing with a 2-1 record in his rookie NLL campaign back in 2012.
PLAYER PROFILE – #92 Frankie Scigliano
Height & weight: 6-4, 290
Birthdate: Jan. 16, 1992
Hometown: Coquitlam, B.C.
Fast fact: Played minor lacrosse in Coquitlam and junior with the New Westminster Salmonbellies. He also plays in the summer for the WLA’s Maple Ridge Burrards.
Stat attack: Earned his first-ever NLL win on Feb. 10, 2012 when he made 34 saves in a relief appearance to backstop the Roughnecks to a 12-11 road win over the Washington Stealth. Later that same season, he won his first game as a starter when he stopped 38 of 44 shots he faced during a 9-6 road win for Calgary over the Edmonton Rush.
Occupation: Plumbing apprentice for Blustar Plumbing & Heating
Family ties: Younger sister Ashley also used to play lacrosse.
Notable quotable: “They did their jobs,” said Scigliano of his defence corps in front of him during last Saturday’s win over the Stealth. “I thought they soaked a lot of shots for me tonight and made my life pretty easy for me out there (and) let me see the ball. Obviously we got the result we wanted. We’ve got to build off something like this. This group’s really tight and we’re going to take anything we can from this game and bring it to the next one next weekend.”