New bench boss finally back 'Dome

DARREN FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

His 2004 championship ring is an indication of Jeff Dowling's familiarity with Calgary.

Problem is, Calgary's not too familiar with Dowling.

But that began to change yesterday, as the Roughnecks new head coach arrived in the city for the first time since his hiring March 8.

Amongst the introductions and hand shakes welcoming the rookie bench boss to his home away from home, there was immediate demand on how Dowling planned on getting the hot and cold Riggers playing more consistent.

"There's a ton of talent there but we just need to get on the same page," said Dowling, who won the Champions Cup in '04 as an assitant coach with the Roughnecks.

"We've seen times where the guys have played very well together.

"But there's a couple guys that I'm not really sure about.

"I've only seen them in one game, so I still need to see them in practice and see what they can do."

Dowling's first offering as coach of the Roughnecks didn't go exactly as planned. As has been the case so many times this season, the Roughnecks failed to come together as a unit and, as a result, they lost 14-10 to the Arizona Sting.

This definitely didn't discourage Dowling.

"The first third of the game, we played very well but then we kind of fell apart in the middle and then played better again at the end," he explained.

"We just need to play a full 60 minutes and our offence needs to shoot the ball where there's an open spot rather than just at the goalie.

"There's still a chance for us to finish second. If we can beat Arizona in the two games we play them, then that really helps us there."

Calgary (5-5) sits in third in the West Division and has six games remaining on the schedule, two each against Arizona, Edmonton and San Jose.

They'll start the final third of the regualr-season tomorrow night at the 'Dome when the Sting come calling (7:30 p.m.).

INSURANCE MOVE:

The Roughnecks announced yesterday they have reinstated Derek Tom to the active roster and relegated Jamie Rooney to the practice squad.

"Derek has been working hard all year," said GM Kurt Silcott "He's earned the right to be on the active roster for the play-off run."


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