Riggers still at work

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks won't be sending former head coach Chris Hall and the Washington Stealth a thank-you card this week, although it was all prepared.

Had the Stealth beat the Edmonton Rush Saturday night, the Riggers would have put National Lacrosse League playoff tickets on sale Monday morning.

Instead they will have to wait a week, and the Riggers now have a meaningful regular-season finale in Denver Friday night against the Colorado Mammoth.

"It would have been nice to get some help, but it will be that much more worthwhile when we earn it," said Riggers head coach Dave Pym.

A win Friday will give the Riggers second place in the West Division, and they would open the playoffs at the Saddledome against the rival Rush the following weekend.

A loss means the Riggers are on the road for the first round, in either Edmonton or Washington, depending on the outcome of the Stealth's game against the Rochester Knighthawks.

Although the Riggers are generally healthy considering a rash of injuries to key players a few weeks ago, Pym was planning on resting veterans if the Mammoth game meant nothing in the standings.

That has now changed.

Instead, the team will try to enter the post-season with a fourth straight victory and huge momentum.

"Even last year when we had the week off before the playoffs and there was a gap, it was tough to keep the flow going," Pym said.

"Hopefully, we will keep rolling for another four games (three in the playoffs).

"Our goal is to run the table from here on out."

The Mammoth (4-11) had its thin playoff hopes vanish this weekend, when it lost at home to the Boston Blazers.

Because the Mammoth are winless at home this season -- despite having the second-best attendance in the NLL (14,939) -- Pym expects the opponents to be motivated this week.

"They will be playing for jobs for next year, and they still want to be spoilers trying to prevent us from having a home playoff date," Pym said.

"They have a lot of pride to play for. They have great crowds down there that bring a lot of energy, so it's going to be a tough game."

The Riggers won their third straight game Friday by beating the Rush 14-13 in overtime and no team is even close to being as hot as the defending champs down the stretch.


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