Coach hiding an ace

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Just like those professional poker players on TV, National Lacrosse League coaches tend to keep their cards face down on the table when it comes to announcing roster changes during game week.

Personnel decisions are usually announced only a few hours before game time.

Roughnecks head coach Chris Hall -- who has floored the same lineup for three straight games, all wins -- said he expects to make changes for tonight's West Division tilt against the Colorado Mammoth (7:30 p.m., 'Dome).

"We've played with the same lineup now for three games, so it's probably time for a little bit of a shake-up in a couple of spots," Hall said. "But we'll decide what that is probably just prior to game time after we have a shoot-around in practice."

Hall gave no hints as to who may sit and who may draw into the lineup.

As for Colorado -- who lost 12-10 to San Jose Saturday -- one change is guaranteed.

On Wednesday, the team sent a second-round pick to Minnesota for 22-year-old back-up goalie John McLellan and, later that day, the team's former No. 2 man, Erik Miller, announced his retirement.

GARY'S LAST STAND: This may be the last opportunity Calgary lacrosse fans will get to see the legendary Gary Gait live.

Tonight's tilt is his only scheduled apperance at the 'Dome although there is a chance Calgary could host Colorado in the playoffs.

Gait -- the sport's answer to Wayne Gretzky -- is the National Lacrosse League's all-time leading scorer, coming into this season with 628 goals and 499 assists for 1,127 points in 179 games.

The 37-year-old Victoria native and his twin brother Paul, who retired in 2002 are credited with putting lacrosse on the North American sporting map.


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