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Roughnecks dominating the ‘dome

Calagry Roughneck's Daryl Veltman slips the ball past Colrado goaltender Chris Levis at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday April 8, 2011, Calgary Alberta. James MacKenzie / Special to the Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Since the Roughnecks signed on as Calgary’s professional lacrosse team in 2001, they’ve only missed the playoffs once – in the inaugural season.
This season is shaping up like their other successes as the team has finished first in the division and is gunning for a possible third championship. The season has been strong with the team winning eight out of 11 games.
Individual players exemplify this success. Andrew McBride and Scott Ranger played on the starting line in the 2011 All Star game in Verona, New York on Feb. 27.  And star player Mike Carnegie has also been named to the team Canada indoor lacrosse team that will play in the world indoor lacrosse championship from May 21-28.
“There aren’t as many fans at the game, but it’s definitely a lot noisier,” said Derek Prance, account executive with the Roughnecks, describing the atmosphere in the Scotiabank Saddledome during a typical Roughnecks’ game.
“I like to go as often as I can to (Roughneck games),” said Michael Kwas, a second-year SAIT journalism student. “It’s such a different atmosphere compared to the Flames or Stamps games.”
“Its a fast pace game with lots of action and just really cool to watch.”
With their strong finish in the regular season the team is set to continue a great run throughout the rest of playoffs. The first game is scheduled for April 30 against a yet to be determined opponent.
Having won four out of their last five games, this is shaping up to be the year the Roughnecks win their third National Lacrosse League championship. The team has taken the National Lacrosse Leagues championship twice, in both in 2004 and 2009.

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