Swarm style no mystery to Riggers

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

In five years of existence, the Minnesota Swarm has stuck to its game plan.

Tough, tenacious defence, strong goaltending and scoring by committee.

So even though the Swarm invade the Saddledome tonight (7:30 p.m., nll.com) to face the Calgary Roughnecks for first time since 2007, the home side knows exactly what to expect.

"They win games as a team," said Roughnecks head coach Troy Cordingley. "Most of the time when organizations are winning as teams, that's a lot more dangerous than facing a team with two superstars and not as much depth.

"They've been good for a long time, and they are always in the hunt."

This off-season, the Swarm moved from the East Division to the West to balance out the National Lacrosse League.

Minnesota finished in a four-way tie for first last season and came into the 2009 season as a favourite again.

"This game is going to gauge where we're at and what we need to do afterwards," said Cordingley.

A win tonight would make history for the Roughnecks.

Four times in the franchise's eight seasons has the team won four games in a row, but never five.

Calgary (4-0) would also put some distance between them and the Swarm (2-1) on top of the division.

The two teams face each other again March 28 back in St. Paul, the Riggers' first visit to that arena.

Even just a month into the season, the tiebreaker is on the minds of the Roughnecks.

"A lot of teams, when they start off like us, they look at getting home floor advantage," Cordingley said.

"Home floor is key in this league. So we want to win our homes games. Having a two-game set with these guys, we want to make sure we're on the right side of the tiebreaker if it comes to that."


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