Alberta teams will have real Battle down stretch

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The Battle lines are drawn.

That's the best way to describe the upcoming NLL schedule for the Edmonton Rush, which features three games against Calgary in the final six tilts of the year.

Considering Edmonton has to climb ahead of the Roughnecks for the final playoff spot in the NLL's West Division, the Rush couldn't ask for a better schedule.

Which makes tonight's game against Calgary at Rexall Place the biggest of the season to date for the Rush.

"Their offence is very dynamic," Edmonton head coach Bob Hamley said in sizing up the Roughnecks.

"But in the last couple of weeks, our defence has been really good. We will have to be good again."

GATE WOES

Edmonton's average attendance is down more than 2,000 per game this season compared to last year.

With an average of 8,434 fans apparently coming through the doors at Rexall Place each game, Edmonton ranks eighth in the league.

"I believe it is a product of two-and-a-half years of losing," said Rush president Duane Vienneau.

An 0-6 start this year after a 6-10 campaign in 2007 and a 1-15 rookie season is not exactly a recipe for success at the box office.

Vienneau is still holding out hope that a hot run to end this year will allow the franchise to break-even this season.


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