Mammoth tilt set for Dome

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks have finally chopped down the LumberJax.

Now bring on the Mammoth.

After beating the Portland LumberJax 12-9 last night, the Riggers can now get set to face the Colorado Mammoth in the first round of the playoffs.

The Mammoth beat the Edmonton Rush 10-9 last night to secure fourth spot in the West Division, meaning they will face the No. 1 Riggers May 3 at the Saddledome.

Scott Ranger, Jeff Shattler and Tracey Kelusky had hat-tricks while Josh Sanderson piled up eight points as the Roughnecks finally solved the LumberJax, the biggest team in the NLL and the club that knocked Calgary out of the playoffs last season.

The win gives the Riggers (12-4) the best record in the NLL and home-floor advantage throughout the playoffs.

Matt King started in goal for the Roughnecks last night and picked up his career-high seventh victory this season.

He was especially strong as the Roughnecks built an 8-2 halftime lead and then cruised to a franchise-record 12th victory.

Although Colorado finished 7-9 this season, Roughnecks head coach Troy Cordingley isn't going to take the Mammoth lightly.

"They really remind me of us last year," Cordingley said of the two teams that had the same record.

"They've had a bunch of injuries to key guys and are starting to get healthy at the end."

Just like the Riggers of 2008, the Mammoth lost their starting goalie (Gee Nash) and a top forward (Dan Carey) for the majority of the season.

Colorado has also been without the likes of defender Bruce Murray and transition player Jim Moss.

Carey returned to help defeat the Rush last night, chipping in with two assists.

Calgary has a 2-1 playoff record against the Mammoth, but have never faced them at home.

The Riggers beat Colorado 15-12 last year, lost 18-17 in overtime in 2006 and won 13-11 in 2004 en route to their only Champion's Cup title.

The two teams split the season series in 2009, with each one winning at home.

The LumberJax (9-7) will host the San Jose Stealth in the first round of the playoffs.


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