'Necks need emotional rescue

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

No Band-Aid, Polysporin or even stitches can heal the wound.

Four days after being hammered by the Colorado Mammoth 17-7 to end the National Lacrosse League regular season at the Saddledome, the Calgary Roughnecks are still sporting a painful open sore.

"They embarrassed us in front of our fans and that's not something we take lightly," said Calgary forward Kaleb Toth.

After losing two straight to the Mammoth to close out the regular season last weekend, the two clubs meet again Saturday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver in a do-or-die playoff tilt.

In both recent losses, the Riggers' emotions -- like the Mammoth -- got the better of them, agreed defender Andrew McBride.

"We kind of lost our heads in the last two games," said McBride. "When we do that, we tend to play a little helter-skelter-- our emotions get the better of us. We need to just focus on playing lacrosse."

Mammoth captain Gavin Prout was suspended a game for leaving the bench during a late altercation and yesterday, the league announced Calgary forward Jason Wulder was suspended a game for intent to injure.

Wulder was given a five-minute major in the fourth-quarter for an illegal cross-check on Dave Stilley and the league said upon a review of the play, they deemed there was an intent to injure and handed out the penalty.

The Professional Lacrosse Players' Association appealed Prout's suspension and his hearing is scheduled for today. Calgary GM Kurt Silcott said the PLPA plans to appeal Wulder's suspension, as well.

Although a player from each team was suspended, Calgary was clearly the bigger loser in the end when it came to blowing their cool.

"We still have to be physical but I think we have to be a little more disciplined," said Toth. "We can't go around looking to fight all the time because they're not going to fight us. So, we have to be physical and intimidating but disciplined."

The rivalry between the Mammoth and the Roughnecks has always been heated. Still, the talk this week of so-called bad blood between the teams following the last couple of games is nonsense, said McBride.

"You can say that about any team you play in any game," said the defender. "Lacrosse is a physical sport and emotions get the better of you. But this is the playoffs now and we have a lot of veterans and we know how we have to play. Worrying about anything else other than lacrosse isn't it."


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