Roughnecks: something other than hockey

Pat Steinberg
May 01 2010 11:42AM

Yep, even though the Flames aren't in the NHL's postseason dance, the city of Calgary gets some postseason action at the 'Dome in different forms. On the hockey front, they've got the WHL's Eastern Conference Champion Calgary Hitmen, who opened their series with Tri City on Friday night with an absolute thumping (7-0 Hitmen). Or there's the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League, who have a Saturday afternoon playoff date with the Edmonton Rush.

Rolling Roughnecks

On the National Lacrosse League front, the Calgary Roughnecks open their postseason Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. The defending league champs will take on the Edmonton Rush in a significant game for a number of reasons.

It's a Roughnecks team red hot entering the postseason. After finding themselves well below expectations just over a month ago, sitting 6-6, the Necks have rattled off four straight wins and have earned a home playoff date. The Necks are especially confident winning their last two games in a buzzer-beater fashion. At Rexall in Edmonton, Josh Sanderson scored in overtime to stake the Riggers to a 15-14 win; the following weekend, Calgary clinched their home playoff date with a last minute win in Denver, as Scott Ranger scored with just 16 seconds remaining. The team feels these type of character wins are the type that put you in good stead heading into the playoffs.

It's the first time the Roughnecks and Rush will meet in the NLL postseason. It's quite the accomplishment for Edmonton, who will play their first ever postseason game after revamping their team during the offseason. Head Coach Derek Keenan came from Portland and put his stamp on the squad almost immediately. With a 10-6 record of their own, they'll be a hell of a challenge for Calgary. In talking with 'Necks captain Tracey Kelusky this week, it's important to point one thing out: this isn't the NHL or WHL playoffs. You don't have time to get better as the series goes along. In a one game, winner-take-all format, you've got to bring your very best effort three straight times. Calgary seems ready to do that.

Players to watch? For Calgary, it's Josh Sanderson. The NLL leading scorer just posted a career high in points, which is crazy after he set a league record for assists last season. His ball distribution and floor vision is unmatched in this league. In Edmonton, Brodie Merrill is the type of player who can impact a game singlehandedly. The transition specialist is great offensively, can run for hours, and is consistently a vacuum when it comes to loose balls. He has turned into probably the best all-round lacrosse player on the planet.

 

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#1 VK63
May 01 2010, 04:25PM
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Disher was simply awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go swarm! A Rush home date for the western championship would be killer. And presumably well attended LOL

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#2 Heavyd
May 01 2010, 06:32PM
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Ya for rush. Calgary sucks.

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#3 Jamie B.
May 01 2010, 09:58PM
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Suck it, Calgary! Mwahahaha, go Rush.

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#4 Archaeologuy
May 02 2010, 12:00AM
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My first Lacrosse and Rush experience ever was taking my family to a Rush v Roughneck game. Unfortunately it turned out to be the worst game in the history of the Rush franchise. Though it will likely take nothing less than a championship title to convince me to give them another chance, I'm happy they won.

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#5 freeze
May 02 2010, 12:19PM
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Great win by the Rush!! Unbelievable goalie performance.

An Edmonton team winning something feels so odd.

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#6 quicksilver ballet
May 02 2010, 01:49PM
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After putting together a strong team last off season it has to be a major disappointment to not have had a home playoff game in five years.

No televised playoff games.....hope this isn't the fatal blow to the Edmonton Rush.

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#7 Matt
May 02 2010, 03:47PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

My first Lacrosse and Rush experience ever was taking my family to a Rush v Roughneck game. Unfortunately it turned out to be the worst game in the history of the Rush franchise. Though it will likely take nothing less than a championship title to convince me to give them another chance, I'm happy they won.

One bad game and you don't go again. Weak. I'm not a huge fan, but Brodie Merrill is worth going to watch. He is incredible.

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#8 Archaeologuy
May 03 2010, 08:54AM
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Matt wrote:

One bad game and you don't go again. Weak. I'm not a huge fan, but Brodie Merrill is worth going to watch. He is incredible.

It was the worst sporting event I had ever gone to. It wasnt a bad game. It was the worst game. I'm not a fan of Lacrosse to begin with and that experience didnt do anything to change that. I'm glad for the Rush that theyre doing well, but it isnt a sport I plan on paying money to watch again in the near future. I gave them one chance to take my money and they blew it.

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#9 RushFan
May 03 2010, 12:00PM
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THE GAME WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And to top it off there was a huge Rush fun on the concourse immediately after the game. couldn't believe how many rush fans made trek trek to calgary to watch the game... and on a side note the roughneck fans are just as DOUCHY as the flames fans

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#10 Quicksilver ballet
May 03 2010, 12:33PM
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RushFan wrote:

THE GAME WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And to top it off there was a huge Rush fun on the concourse immediately after the game. couldn't believe how many rush fans made trek trek to calgary to watch the game... and on a side note the roughneck fans are just as DOUCHY as the flames fans

How huge is huge there Rushfan.....350lbs-450lbs?

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#11 RushFan
May 03 2010, 02:49PM
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HAHAHAHAHA oops no not a huge Rush fan on the concourse i meant to write a huge rush Chant on the concourse it was loud

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