Riggers' win boosts Flames

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

 Mike Commodore was wearing a Calgary Roughnecks T-shirt at the Saddledome one day last week, in support of his lacrosse-playing neighbours down the hall.

 The Calgary Flames defenceman said yesterday the Roughnecks' National Lacrosse League championship, earned Friday night at the 'Dome, was a boost for both clubs.

  "It's great for them. The city's on fire right now and everybody seems to be winning. That's great," said Commodore, hoping the 'Necks' title is a precursor to a Stanley Cup championship for the Flames.

 "Yeah, they won the championship, so let's hope we can have two trophies here in one year."

 Added Flames defenceman Andrew Ference, a fan of Canada's summer pastime: "It was cool. We got to see them in the morning (at the 'Dome).

 "I'm an old lacrosse guy who can appreciate what they go through, too."

 But Ference stopped short of suggesting one team's title serves as a good omen for the Flames playing under the same roof.

 "No, they're lacrosse and we're hockey," Ference laughed.

 "We're happy for them but I don't think it's going to help us out at all."

 Flames forward Chuck Kobasew saw the soldout crowd that witnessed the Roughnecks' win provide an outpouring of emotion similar to what the hockey team is enjoying.

 "It was great for them, exciting for the city," Kobasew said.

 "The fans have been great for us and I'm sure they've been the same for them. It looked that way (Friday) night and they deserve it.

 "It's been a long time since the fans have seen playoff hockey here and the support is good for both teams."


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