Hamley likes chances for Roughnecks

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

The Edmonton Rush were very familiar with the Calgary Roughnecks this season.

They lost all three games to their provincial rivals, including a 22-10 humiliation at home.

Rush coach/GM Bob Hamley likes the Roughnecks' chances against San Jose in the West final.

"Calgary is going to be a tough out," said Hamley. "They're very good. Their offence gives them a chance every night and they're getting some good goaltending from Matt King.

"But if there's a team in the West that can probably give them a run, it's San Jose. Their offence is probably as good as Calgary's. If they can get some good goaltending, it'll be an interesting game.

"But Calgary has to be the favourite. They're playing really well."

The Roughnecks finished with a league-best 12-4 record, which included a pair of victories over San Jose.

Last week the Roughnecks beat the Colorado Mammoth 15-8 in one division semifinal, while the Stealth beat the Portland LumberJax 20-16 in the other.

"Playing at home helps Calgary a little bit," Hamley said. "They have a good fanbase there that really supports them.

"I think goaltending will be the difference because both offences are really strong. It'll be interesting to see if San Jose's defence can hold down Calgary offence."

In the East final, the New York Titans play host to the Buffalo Bandits.

The Roughnecks did not play the Titans this year, but lost 13-8 at home to the defending league champions. The Bandits defeated Boston 11-8 in the division semifinal last week.

"You can't discount the defending champions," Hamley said.

"But New York has been playing very well. They were able to squeak one out (11-10) last week against Rochester.

"That game might come down to goaltending as well."


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