Roughnecks post-season berth on backburner

ROD KELLY

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks wanted to make good on 50% of this weekend's task last night.

That was, to win at home against the arch-rival Toronto Rock and get within a hair of clinching a spot in the playoffs.

Had they beaten the Rock last night, a win tonight against the Minnesota Swarm would have secured a date in post-season.

But it wasn't meant to be.

And Riggers head coach Troy Cordingley knew exactly why.

"We didn't come to play," said the frustrated bench boss after last night's 12-10 loss in front of 10,586 fans at the Dome.

"In the first half, in particular, we were outclassed in every aspect of the game. They (Toronto) are a desperate team and they showed that tonight."

Coming off a win over the Colorado Mammoth last weekend, the Riggers struggled early defensively and ran into some solid goaltending by Rock stopper Bob Watson.

While Cordingley admitted Watson played well, he offered up no excuses for his players and their performance.

"It gets easier for the opposition when we don't commit to a tough 60 minutes," he said.

"He (Watson) definitely made some big saves, but we were not on top of our game. We'll have to refocus for tonight's game and be ready to come out and play hard.

"We rely on a solid work ethic, but we didn't have it (last night)."

Last night's game at the Dome was the only one on the NLL schedule as both Calgary and Buffalo looked to try to be the first to get in the playoffs this weekend.

Cordingley said he doesn't want to think about that now.

"That's not really on my mind at this time. The playoffs are another matter. Right now, what's more important is that we get our game back."


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