The 2014 Champion's Cup will get started with game Saturday night in Calgary with the Calgary Roughnecks hosting the Rochester Knighthawks in game one of the National Lacrosse League championship at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Roughnecks are coming off a difficult 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Rush in the Western Final mini-game played last Saturday in Edmonton.
There is no doubt that the Roughnecks are mentally sharp at the moment and according to head coach Curt Malawsky, is very confident. The Roughnecks head coach held a teleconference call on Wednesday, and rejected the notion that his team might have been emotionally drained from playing the Rush for a full 60 minutes and then beating them in a ten minute mini-game immediately afterwards.
"I don't know if I would agree that it was emotionally draining," said Malawsky in a response from a question posed by www.examiner.com. "I think it was emotionally exhilarating that our guys were able to show the resolve and show the composure and ability to come back and win those extra ten minutes."
"What that did was give our guys more confidence, and fire our guys up even more, and have more belief in the group, and understand that it might not go your way early, but if you stay with it, it's going to go your way late. That has kind of been our motto all year. We just kind of hang around, hang around and just keep chipping away, and grinding and grinding."
"I think that win (against Edmonton) is going to add more confidence and put more gasoline on our fire. We're looking forward to getting at this championship. We are really excited about the week, and how it ended up last week in Edmonton is great four confidence."
The Roughecks ended the regular season with a record of 12-6, compared to Rochester at 14-4. The Knighthawks may be favoured because they have won the last two Champion's Cups, but they did beat the Knighthawks earlier in the season 11-10 in Calgary. Game one of the series can be seen on TSN2 at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.