Fights scrapped

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks and Toronto Rock find themselves with a dilemma of sorts today.

The two clubs will meet at the 'Dome (1:30 p.m., Sportsnet) in a National Lacrosse League pre-Super Bowl matinee.

The Roughnecks are 3-2 and the defending champion Rock are a dismal 1-4.

Both teams need a win today and the valuable place in the standings that comes with it.

However, given the bad blood between the two clubs, they'd also like to send a statement by pounding each other.

Hence the conundrum.

"To be honest with you, I think it has the potential to be (fight-filled)," said Calgary forward Kaleb Toth.

"But, it comes down to wins and losses. They've won only one game and they need another victory and so do we.

"Both teams need a win to start a two-game win streak more than fights."

The Roughnecks are 2-7 all-time against the Rock with both victories coming at the 'Dome.

The Riggers hammered the Rock 20-12 in the final game of the regular-season last year in a fight-filled affair.

Even the goalies got into it as Calgary's Andrew Leyshon ran the length of the floor to join a third-quarter melee and ended up trading punches with Toronto 'tender Bob Watson.

The two goalies set team records for penalty minutes in a game with both collecting 27.

Toronto is expected to dress tough guys Tim O'Brien and J.J. Dickie, while Calgary heavyweight Andy Ogilvie will miss the game due to family commitments. However, Matt Green, Ryan McNish and Jeff Moleski are all expected to play.

McNish agreed points not punches will take precedent.

"The difference is both teams are struggling right now a little bit so the game will definitely come first," said McNish.

"But you can bet there will be some fisticuffs in the game, just as there always is between us and Toronto.

"It's a big rivalry and there's no love lost, so I'm sure you'll see a few scraps."

For their part, both coaches downplayed the hype over a potential brawl-filled affair today.

"I know there's not a love lost between the two teams," said Toronto bench boss Terry Sanderson.

"You know everyone talks a good story about that it's going to be this, it's going to be that but first and foremost in our mind is to try and go out there and get points.

"But, let's not kid anybody. I don't think we like one another too much. Sometimes boys are boys."

Said Calgary head coach Chris Hall: "As a coach, as Terry alluded to, your focus is on winning lacrosse games and getting two points in the standings because that's what we're measured by.

"But he's also right in terms of boys are boys and the players sometimes remember what went on in previous events and they tend not to forget it as easy as coaches do."


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