Al's well that ends well

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

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Although many consider the Lions as underdogs this Sunday against the mighty Montreal Alouettes, who are undefeated at home this year, B.C. has always been a thorn in Montreal's side.

The Lions will look to continue that trend this Sunday in the Eastern final at Olympic Stadium, where the winner will advance to the Grey Cup in Calgary.

With a 1-1 split in this year's season series, the Lions have now won eight of the past 12 games against Montreal. However, they have only won three out of the last 14 tilts in Montreal since 1997.

"If you shut down (Anthony) Calvillo, then you shut down Montreal," said Aaron Hunt on Montreal's always-potent offence. "The thing though is that you're not going to be able to shut down Calvillo. We just got to try and contain him. But he can throw for 600 yards, (Avon) Cobourne can run for 200 yards. As long as we win, I don't care."

The Lions won the first matchup by preventing the Als offence from scoring touchdowns in a 19-12 win. Montreal got their revenge the week after, winning 28-24 at home.

"When you play a good team, you know you have to be on top of your game," said coach Wally Buono. "When you play against (Calvillo), you got to be sharp or else it's going to be a very, very long day."

The pivot setlist remains the same for B.C. as Casey Printers aims for his second straight victory. Printers has a 2-1 career record with B.C. against Montreal, throwing seven TD passes and rushing in for three of his own.

While the Lions have been inconsistent at times in their past few games, one player who has remained constant in his performance is kicker Paul McCallum, who has now made 18 straight field goals. After ending the regular season with the longest consecutive FG streak of the 2009 season with 14, he went four for four last week against Hamilton to continue his kicking dominance.

The Lions have six players with at least 10 or more playoff games under their belt, including Bret Anderson and McCallum, who both lead with 14. Barron Miles (12), Geroy Simon (12), Lyle Green (10), and Brent Johnson (10) round out the list.


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