Riggers get their wish

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

A visit from the storied Philadelphia Wings is one of the highlights of the Calgary Roughnecks 2007 schedule, which was released yesterday.

It marks only the second time the Riggers have faced the six-time National Lacrosse League champs and the first time they've played host. They lost 19-13 in Philly before 15,689 in 2003.

Calgary vice-president and GM Kurt Silcott gave league brass a tip of the Riggers' trademark black stetson for making the matchup happen.

"Kudos to the league, they brought them in for us," said Silcott. "We had a number of fans actually ask to see Philadelphia and we put that request in and the league responded. We're very pleased with that."

The Riggers open the season for the second straight year against the San Jose Stealth, hosting a Friday night game Jan. 12 at the 'Dome (7:30 p.m.).

They play three of their first four games at home.

Calgary plays provincial rival Edmonton Rush and the Arizona Sting three times while they lock horns wirth the Toronto Rock, San Jose, Portland Lumberjax and Colorado Mammoth twice.

Philadelphia and the Minnesota Swarm round out the card.

The Riggers play five back-to-back weekends, which includes their final regular-season tilt April 14 against the Rush at Rexall Place.

"I really do like this schedule," said Silcott. "We're all Friday and Saturdays at home and we open the season with three nice home dates to get the fans into it.

"We pretty much go every other week, get a nice break around the all-star game and then get right back it. So, I'm looking forward to this season."


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