McNish issues Stealth warning

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

Calgary Roughnecks defender Ryan McNish -- the man dubbed Corporal Punishment -- has a message for the San Jose Stealth: Be worried.

After losing to the 5-5 Stealth 14-13 in OT two weeks ago in Silicon Valley, the 7-5 Calgary Roughnecks will be out for revenge tonight when they host San Jose (7:30 p.m., 'Dome) in National Lacrosse League action.

"I'll tell you one thing about any team that beats us," said McNish. "The Roughnecks hate losing more than anything and we've shown in our past, if you beat us once, the next game we're going to come back with a vengeance. We're going to be all over them Saturday night."

The Roughnecks have lost to five different teams this season -- Minnesota, Toronto, Edmonton, Arizona and San Jose. Calgary, which doesn't face Minnesota again this year, exacted revenge winning its three return meetings against Toronto, Edmonton and Arizona by a 40-25 margin.

To make matters worse for the Stealth, it faces the division-leading Buffalo Bandits Friday night before flying to Calgary to play the rested Roughnecks. Former Roughnecks assistant coach and current Stealth bench boss Walt Christianson agreed his team is in tough this weekend.

"It's not enviable," said Christianson. "But we're prepared for it. I think what we have to do is just put our best team on the floor every night. We have some very capable players on the sidelines who are ready to go, but each night we'll just trust the best 16. That's our plan right now."

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ROLE REVERSAL: When the San Jose Stealth coaches speak, defender Shaydon Santos listens.

That's because last season, the Whitby, Ont., product was one.

After 107 games over eight NLL seasons, Santos hung up his stick and climbed behind the Stealth bench as an assistant coach.

The Stealth went a league-worst 4-12 and a frustrated Santos decided to step back into action this year.

"I had a good career and last year I felt like I was ready retire," said the 30-year-old Santos, who relocated to Santa Cruz, Calif., with his fiancee, a physical therapist.

"But when you're coaching, you can only do so much. So that was real frustrating. We had such a bad season last year and I knew I had more to give. So, I came back because I thought I had more to offer, more than just coaching."

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TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M.


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