The Calgary Roughnecks have dug themselves an early hole with an 0-2 start and now prepare for three games on the road. (Photo: Brad Watson)
After losing both games at home to start the 2013 National Lacrosse League regular season, the Calgary Roughnecks (0-2) have already matched half their loss total from last year when they finished with a league-best 12-4 record. It won't get any easier for the Roughnecks as they prepare to play three straight games on the road, starting this Friday with the Colorado Mammoth in a rematch of last weekend's overtime thriller.
“It’s definitely a character check,” Calgary head coach Curt Malawsky told the Calgary Herald's Rita Mingo. “I know exactly where we sit and I know the character we have in the room. I know what we’re going to do next game; we’re going to be better all the way around."
The Roughnecks allowed the Mammoth to score four goals in the final five minutes of regulation before Colorado's Sean Pollock netted the game winner six minutes into overtime last Saturday despite the strong play from Calgary goaltender Mike Poulin.
“At the end, [Poulin] made about three or four saves, finally he was on his knees and they ended up throwing it over him,” Malawsky told the Herald. “I think our offense stopped playing at times. They wanted it more. They battled in the trenches. It’s not lack of effort; it’s inopportune mistakes."
The rematch against Colorado is a chance for the Roughnecks to put the sudden-death loss behind them. Roughnecks captain Geoff Snider did regret not passing to an open Shawn Evans during his breakaway in overtime.
“I know (Matt) Roik made a good save,” said Snider to the Herald about the Mammoth's goalie. “I’m focused on the guy chasing me and I didn’t see Shawn. He was wide open I would have like to have that one back."
Even with three upcoming away games on the schedule, Calgary's first-year head coach isn't panicking after their rough start.
“Any championship team I’ve been on, it’s never been win all 16 games," added Malawsky to the Herald. "The guys have to battle back and keep their chins up and keep the eye on that prize.”
Read the full story in the Calgary Herald here.