Team heads into weekend one game out of first place
Heading into this week’s action, the Calgary Roughnecks can’t decide whether their two-week break was good for the team or not.
On one hand, the players got some much needed rest and recovery after seven grueling weeks of their National Lacrosse League season.
On the other hand, the Roughnecks have reeled off a three-game winning streak to put themselves back into second place in the Western Conference and one game out of first.
“It’s good to get some time to heal the bumps and bruises,” said captain Tracey Kelusky. “At the same time, we were on a roll and feeling good about the way we were playing.”
Roughneck Captain Tracey Kelusky said the two week break was good for his team to heal some old wounds.
Photo: Bryce Forbes/Calgary Journal
Assistant captain Kaleb Toth was one of the players who used the two weeks to try to get healthy. He missed the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury and admits he’s still not 100 per cent yet.
“(The bye week) came at a great time for me; I’m still battling the injury bug,” said Toth, who exploded in the Roughnecks’ last win with four goals. “For the team, the guys just want to play, but for me, I needed the rest and it’s nice to have the week off.”
The Roughnecks have no time to rest on past successes as the Philadelphia Wings come flying into town this weekend. Although sitting 2-6 and tied for last in the Eastern Conference, the Wings are coming off what Kelusky said was their best performance of the year.
“(The Wings) do have the momentum and we are going to come out and make a statement in the first quarter and get the rust off from having the week off,” defenceman Bruce Codd said.
Kelusky added that the offence getting out to a fast start and decreasing the Wings' transition chances will be important.
“Offensively, we need to get off the floor, balancing the floor management so that we allow our defence to play five-on-five.”
A win this week coupled with a victory over the Washington Stealth will send the Roughnecks into sole possession of first place in the West.
“We understand the importance of the next two games,” said Kelusky, who sits tied for second in team scoring with 33 points. “Not looking past Philadelphia because it’s a huge game, but coming back with Washington the week after, we have two big weeks ahead of us.”
Game time against the Wings is Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the Saddledome.