Mammoth heartbreak

DARREN FRIESEN, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

Devan Wray has been playing lacrosse since he was 12.

Yet, in all those years, the fourth-year Calgary Roughneck admits his worst lacrosse memory came at the hands of the Colorado Mammoth last season.

The Roughnecks, who will host the defending champion Mammoth tonight at the Saddledome (7:30 p.m.), were beat three consecutive times by the Mammoth to close out the 2006 campaign.

For Wray, the triple pounding the Roughnecks took, one of which was a playoff loss, goes down as low point in his career.

"We've got something to prove after what happened last year," said Wray.

"In the games they've played so far this year, they look every bit the part of the defending champs.

"We're expecting a fast-paced, physical game but hopefully, if we're doing our jobs, not too high scoring for them. They've got a really potent offence with lots of proven scorers and a really good transition game."

As for the 'Necks' transition game, of which Wray is a huge part, it's not firing on all cylinders like team would've hoped.

However, Wray likes the talent GM Kurt Silcott has added to the middle of the floor this season and said it's only a matter of time before the stars align, so to speak.

"It's going to take a while for everyone to get comfortable in those positions but I think they're already starting to get the job done," said Wray of Nolan Heavenor and Kerry Susheski, specifically.

"There was some scattered play in both games (last weekend) but that's going to come as the season moves on. We're comfortable the guys who we have are going to be able to work out those bugs in the next week or two."

For the most part, though, the middle men have done their job and have played an integral role keeping the Roughnecks 1-1 on the season.

Susheski, who was criticized for not scoring enough transition goals for the Edmonton Rush last year, scored three last Friday.

"Bringing in guys like Nolan Heavenor and Kerry Susheski -- they've already proven that they can get the job done," said Wray.

"With regards to the faceoffs, things could've been better but I felt good about how Nolan and I pulled the ball.

"It's just a matter of getting on to the loose balls."

Wray, who is 23-for-45 in the faceoff dot in two games, is confident his team will be better than last weekend.

"Overall, I think we were a little disappointed with how we played.

"We were happy to get away with one of the two wins. We pretty much gave one away Friday night (against San Jose) because we were in the driver's seat.

"But we worry more about ourselves. If we execute on offence and communicate on defence and do all the little things, then we've got the capability to win the game. We got the opening week jitters out of our systems and we're expecting better things."


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