The Calgary Roughnecks will try to build off their first win while the Philadelphia Wings look to rebound from their first loss when the two teams meet on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The Calgary Roughnecks (1-2) look to build off their first win of the season while the Philadelphia Wings (2-1) return home to try and rebound from their first loss when the two teams meet at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday at Wells Fargo Center. Watch the game live on the NLL on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network HERE and on your mobile device HERE.
The Roughnecks are coming off Friday night's convincing 19-12 away win over the Colorado Mammoth while the Wings dropped a 14-13 road decision to the Buffalo Bandits last night. Sunday's game marks just the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams, the first since 2011, but that doesn't mean they're complete strangers.
“We’ve had our Eastern scouts at the games," Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky told the team's website. "We are going to sit down as a team on Saturday night and get a good look at them and see what they got going on."
One thing that Calgary has noticed is the play of Wings goaltender Brandon Miller, who despite a less-than stellar performance in Buffalo, still sports solid numbers in net.
“He’s a phenomenal competitor and even better goaltender,” said Malawsky about Miller. “He’s the backbone of the club and for the most part, it’ll be a challenge for us to get to him.”
The Wings have relied on Miller through their first three games and that should continue as the team runs their unique transition style of play.
[Miller] is having a great start,” said Wings general manager and head coach Mouradian in Wednesday's conference call. “Even if we’re struggling a bit on the offensive side of the floor, [Miller and the defense] are giving us an opportunity to hang in there."
How much energy each time will play a huge role in Sunday's game, as the Roughnecks had an extra day of the rest on the road while the travel plans for the Wings are far less intense.
Mouradian was pleased with his team's effort last night despite the loss.
“I thought we were resilient and we responded really well to when we were in difficult situations,” he said postgame. “That’s all you can ask from a young team like us.”
The game also marks Roughnecks transition player Geoff Snider's first return back to Philadelphia, where he spent four seasons with the Wings before being acquired by Calgary via trade in 2010. The long-awaited homecoming is indicative of the how much time has passed since these teams last met.
“It’s nice to play a team that we haven’t played very much,” said Calgary's captain Andrew McBride. “It feels like we play Edmonton or Colorado every week so to get some fresh blood and new energy, it’ll be fun.”
Bryce Forbes from CalgaryRoughnecks.com contributed to this report.