Riggers' schedule revamped

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks yesterday received their revised 2005 schedule, which includes a pair of new road dates. With the demise of the Vancouver Ravens Tuesday night, the defending National Lacrosse League champion Riggers were left with four vacancies on their 16-game calender.

Both Calgary's scheduled home games against Vancouver stayed the same but the opponents changed.

The Riggers will play the Arizona Sting Jan. 22 -- the first of three meetings on the season -- and, most importantly, fans will be treated to a rematch of last year's Champions Cup final when the Roughnecks host the Buffalo Bandits April 9.

The Roughnecks' Jan. 21 road game against Vancouver has been scuttled and replaced by a Jan. 8 road date against San Jose, against which the Riggers open their season at home the night before at the 'Dome. The two teams will now play four times this year.

Calgary's April 16 engagement in Vancouver has been dropped and replaced by an April Fools Day tilt April 1 against the Toronto Rock at the Air Canada Centre. It will be the second of three meetings between the two remaining Canadian franchises.

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QUICK STICKS: The Roughnecks remain in negotiations to sign former Vancouver Ravens starting goalie Dwight Maetche, an unrestricted free agent ... Calgary will have to submit its 23-man roster to the league today.


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