Riggers jockey for west control

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks are in the driver's seat.

Sweep the Colorado Mammoth this weekend and they secure first in the National Lacrosse League's West Division and the home-field advantage that comes with it.

Lose one or two and things get complicated.

The Roughnecks have already secured a playoff berth and at

9-5 are tied for tops in the West with expansion Portland but own the tiebreaker.

The Riggers play the 8-6 Mammoth tonight in Denver and at the 'Dome tomorrow night (7:30 p.m.).

If they split or lose a pair, the Roughnecks could finish first or second and host a playoff game next weekend or maybe third and have to hit the road.

Confused? It is a little complicated.

So, it's even more motivation for the team -- which has won six of its last seven -- to make it simple by simply winning out agreed head coach Chris Hall.

"It's always nice to be in a position to finish first in the division and host some playoff games," said Hall. "We're going to do whatever we can to deliver (for ownership and fans.)"

Veteran forward Jason Wulder said the team isn't worrying about the playoffs just yet.

"We've been on a pretty good roll lately," said Wulder. "I don't think anyone is too worried about the future right now for the playoffs. It's a terrible cliche, I know, but we're taking it one game at a time. That's all we can do. Play (tonight) and try and win and then worry about the game at home when it comes."

Special teams should play a big part in this weekend's tilts. Colorado (47.66) has the second best powerplay in the league while Calgary is fourth (44.44%).

In the team's only meeting this season, Calgary went 5-6 (83%) in a 15-14 overtime win at the 'Dome March 11.


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