Roughnecks' winning atmosphere praised

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

CALGARY - Calgary Roughnecks head coach Dave Pym isn’t worried about the fact his competition this week is led by former Riggers bench boss Chris Hall.

In fact, he credits the Washington Stealth coach for kicking off what has become a tradition of winning in Calgary.

“If anything, we use it as an exercise in motivation,” Pym said Wednesday when asked if facing Hall in Saturday’s West final at the Saddledome concerns him.

“Chris, when he came to the Roughnecks, created some winning ways that helped elevate the expectations of our guys in wanting to be champions.

“When you have that kind of quality coaching that drives the players and they feed off it, that gets passed along as a legacy. It doesn’t concern us. If anything, it helped us.”

Hall coached the Roughnecks from 2002-07, helping the young franchise earn its first Champion’s Cup in 2004.

The team he leads now is coming off its first NLL championship and can’t be taken lightly despite struggling at times this season and finishing the regular season 8-8.

The Roughnecks won both meetings in Washington but lost their only Saddledome meeting with the Stealth 19-14 Jan. 22.

“We’ve had three tremendous battles with them already this year,” Pym said. “They appear to be firing on all cylinders (now).

“We’ve just got to execute on our fundamentals and minimize our mistakes,” Pym added. “We made a number of mistakes in (the Jan. 22 loss), and credit to the Stealth in that game for finding a way to create those opportunities.

“We’ve got to play a very fundamentally sound game.”


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