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Roughnecks hammer Stealth Saturday

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According to the National Lacrosse League website, the Calgary Roughnecks hammered the Vancouver Stealth 14-8 at the Langley Events Centre in southwestern British Columbia on Saturday. With the victory, the Roughnecks close out the 2014 National Lacrosse League regular season with a record of 12 wins and six losses.

Shawn Evans led the Roughnecks on Saturday with seven points (three goals and four assists). Evans also led the Roughnecks in points this season with 105, three points fewer than Cody Jamieson of the Rochester Knighthawks, who led the NLL this season with 108 points.

The Roughnecks, who finished in second place in the West Division, will now play the Colorado Mammoth in the West Division semi-final. The game will be played on Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome with a game time of 7 p.m. mountain time.

By defeating Vancouver soundly on Saturday, the Roughnecks head into the postseason with significant momentum. They enter the playoffs having won their last two games of the season, both coming on the road. On April 19 the Roughnecks upset the Edmonton Rush 14-13 at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

However, the Roughnecks cannot take the Mammoth lightly. Despite finishing the season at 8-10, and two games below the .500 mark, Colorado went 2-1 against the Roughnecks this season including a 14-13 victory over Calgary at the Scotiabank Saddledome on January 25.

The Mammoth are also heading into the playoffs red hot. Like the Roughnecks, the Mammoth defeated the West Division regular season champions, Edmonton Rush in the last month. Colorado beat Edmonton 10-8 on April 11.

Toronto meanwhile will host Buffalo in the East Division semi-final. The Toronto Rock finished the regular season with a record of 9-9 compared to the Bandits at 8-10. That playoff game will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on May 3 at 5 p.m. mountain time.



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