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Roughnecks Face Must Win

04/08/2003, 2:21pm EDT
By National Lacrosse League

It's a case of now or next season for the Calgary Roughnecks when the club takes on the league leading Buffalo Bandits Friday night 7:30pm at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

A win still does not assure the Roughnecks a wildcard birth in the National Lacrosse League playoffs, but a loss will likely seal the Roughnecks fate.

"There is no doubt about it, this is the biggest game in franchise history," said Roughnecks general manager, Brad Banister.

At 8-7 the Roughnecks have already doubled their number of wins from the last year, the clubs inaugural season in the NLL. Attendance at the first seven Roughnecks home games is up a combined 22,465 over the same period last season, with the season average currently sitting at 11,232.

Buffalo, already assured a playoff spot, enters the contest battling the Toronto Rock for the top spot overall and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The game marks the second meeting of the season between the clubs, with Buffalo handing the Roughnecks a hard fought 23-17 loss January 25th in Buffalo.

"Buffalo isn't 12-3 by accident, they are a tough, physical team that is still fighting for first overall. We can't expect them to lie down for us, this game means as much to them as it does to us. Hopefully the 'Dome will be rocking and the boys will step up and answer the bell," added Banister.

Tickets for the final Roughnecks regular season game are moving fast, call the Roughnecks ticket office at (403) 294-9244 or visit your nearest TicketMaster location to ensure the best available seats.

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