Final has brothers in arms

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

Mike Carnegie insists his sibling Scott is "not afraid of anything."

Question is, does that include his older -- and slightly heavier -- brother?

"Uh, I don't know. He's definitely stronger than I am, but I don't want him to hear that," Scott said.

"But I wouldn't say I'm afraid of him, no."

Hardened by years of back-yard battles and with a competitive streak that seems to run in the family, the Carnegie brothers are evolving into a steady one-two punch on the Calgary Roughnecks' defence. And they're in this battle together.

The Carnegies are both expected to suit up for the Riggers tomorrow, when the National Lacrosse League's West Division champions host the New York Titans in the Champion's Cup final.

"Not a lot of people can say they get to play professional sports, let alone with a sibling, so I don't take it for granted," Mike said.

"It's important to me that we get to play together, and it would validate a lot of our hard work and our upbringings if we could win this championship."

It been a breakout campaign for the Carnegies, who both made their professional debuts with the Roughnecks in 2008.

Mike, 25, has established himself as a steady blue-collar defender, while his 23-year-old brother Scott has earned praise at the Saddledome for his pitbull mentality.

The London, Ont., products are also chipping in at the other end, with a goal and three helpers apiece in the regular season. Scott also has one playoff marker, while Mike has a pair of assists.

In the regular season, Mike scooped up 78 loose balls in 16 outings, while Scott notched 36 in 13 appearances. The biggest statistical discrepancy is in penalty minutes, where Scott racked up 46 and Mike counted just nine.

"Scott's always been a little more feisty than me. He's not afraid to drop the gloves or get in there and do something, and I've always been a little bit more of a finesse player, I guess you could say," Mike said. "Just body positioning and my athleticism is what I think drives me, whereas him, it's all emotion and willingness to just do anything for the team. He's willing to do whatever it takes to win, as am I, we just approach the game in different respects."

"You've got to stick up for your team," Scott shrugged.

"We've got kind of a motto on our team -- you don't really have to fight for yourself but you're going to fight for your teammates. I think it builds on the other guys when you show you have no fear and you are willing to take on anything.

"But yeah, I definitely am more of a scrapper."

Mike and Scott won't be the only Carnegies whooping it up in the Stampede City tomorrow night.

Their parents and older sister, and perhaps even an aunt or uncle, will be in the seats at the Saddledome for the championship game. The brothers are hoping to give them something to cheer about. And if the Roughnecks can conquer the Titans, it promises to be a special moment for the speedy siblings.

"He's going to be the guy that I'll probably go to and give a hug to," Scott said.

"That's a family thing."


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