Experience playoff key

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

Jeremy Cheyne's audition went as well as he could have hoped.

The undrafted rookie used his speed, played tenacious defence and scored two goals to boot in his debut for the Calgary Roughnecks last weekend in a 17-7 loss to the Colorado Mammoth.

In fact, the 25-year-old's play was one of the lone bright spots for the National Lacrosse League club in the embarrassing defeat.

Still, it wasn't good enough for him to land a permanent role with the club. Cheyne won't be making the trip to Denver this weekend when the Roughnecks meet the Mammoth in a West Division semifinal tilt.

While he was dissappointed, Cheyne said all you can do playing on a team as talented as Calgary is take it in stride.

"With all the experience and talent on a team like ours, it's tough to get in the lineup," said Cheyne, a former professional hockey player who spent time in Europe and took part in the Making the Cut TV series. "All year I've battled hard in practice and thought I was one of the better players out there and just had to wait to get my opportunity. But, it's part of the game. You get used to it."

Cheyne was the most recent player to come from senior B lacrosse and get a shot with the Riggers, joining defender Ryan McNish. However, McNish played a year of junior A and was drafted. Cheyne was a walk-on at an open tryout.

The 5-ft. 11-in., 210-lb., righty, who played AAA midget hockey with the Calgary Buffaloes alongside NHLers Krys Kolanos and Dany Heatley, impressed the Riggers coaching staff enough at the tryout to get a spot on the practice roster and, after Travis Gillespie was lost for the remainder of the year due to work commitments, he was placed on the active roster.

Less than three weeks later, Cheyne got the call to make his NLL debut. Roughnecks GM Kurt Silcott said team brass was impressed with Cheyne but are opting to go with more experienced players in the playoff tilt.

Meanwhile, Colorado captain Gavin Prout's suspension has been overturned and he will play tomorrow.


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