Experience on Roughnecks' side

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

Not only do the Calgary Roughnecks have home-floor advantage in the Champion's Cup, they also have the key edge in experience.

It certainly helps the Riggers, who are hosting the title game for the second time when they welcome the New York Titans to the Saddledome Friday (7 p.m.).

There are six players from the 2004 Cup victory still active with the Riggers.

In total, the Roughnecks have eight rings. Kaleb Toth won with the Toronto Rock in 2000 and with the Riggers in 2004, while Josh Sanderson captured the title with the Rock in 2005.

The Titans, a third-year team, have just three players with a total of five rings, while only two others who have even been to the big game.

"It's good to have guys who have won," said Roughnecks captain Tracey Kelusky, one of the six Riggers left over from the '04 championship team.

"You look through our dressing room, and we have them. The guys that won together -- you need to have those character guys in the dressing room because they know what it takes to be winners. There are a lot of guys here who haven't won, but there are a lot of who have, and that rubs off on them."

The other four Riggers who helped beat the Buffalo Bandits in '04 are goalie Matt King (a backup five years ago), defenders Andrew McBride and Devan Wray and forward Kyle Goundrey.

Four Riggers made the Cup but didn't win, including forward Curt Malawsky, who lost the title game four times (three with Rochester and once with Arizona).

Defenders Bruce Codd (Arizona, '05, '07) and Kyle Couling (Buffalo '04, '06) competed twice for the NLL title, while goalie Pat Campbell (Rochester '03) came close, as well.

Titans defenders Bill Greer (Rochester 2007), Patrick Merrill (Toronto '03, '05) and Dave Stilley (Philadelphia '01 and Colorado '06) have rings.

Casey Powell (Rochester (1999-2000) and Pat Maddalena (Arizona 2005) competed in Champion's Cup games but lost.


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