'Necks expect more

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

Calgary Roughnecks defender Devan Wray didn't mince words.

The Riggers won an ugly one 11-9 against the expansion Edmonton Rush last Friday at the 'Dome and Wray said fans will see a much improved Riggers team tonight when they host the Minnesota Swarm (7:30 p.m.).

"We have every intention of cleaning up the stuff we didn't do right and making up for a lacklustre performance," said Wray.

The Roughnecks play two games this weekend, heading up to Edmonton tomorrow night to face the 0-2 Rush at Rexall Place.

While last week's opener wasn't pretty, it was a win nonetheless. The team started out on the right track but the offence sputtered in the second half as the Rush got back in it.

Calgary coach Chris Hall said the club has to maintain its intensity for a full four quarters.

"We played well in the first half and got out to a 7-2 lead and looked like we had the opportunity to run away with it," said Hall. "Then (we) came out at the start of the second half and proceeded to make mistake after mistake after mistake which wasn't very encouraging. I really think from our performance perspective we have to get away from these sort of highs and lows of concentration and focus and get back to maintaining a high focus right through all four quarters."

Calgary players said they felt well-prepared for the Rush and weren't worried about any rust they would have from a long off-season.

However, the defence struggled and looked disorganized at times and the offence was ineffective outside of Lewis Ratcliff, who led the team with five goals.

The team's usually potent powerplay -- which finished second in the league last year scoring at more than a 50% clip -- was held to only two goals on eight chances.

All that, coupled with a steady parade to the sin bin early in the game, made for a tough opening night for the Riggers, agreed Wray.

"I think it just comes down to execution," said Devan. "We practised all the right things, went through everything we had to do during our shootaround and then game time came and we didn't execute. We have to communicate better on defence and our offensive guys just have to finish their chances."


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