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Riggers facing a ‘dangerous’ man

The Calgary Roughnecks know all about “Dangerous” Dan Dawson. After all, the Portland LumberJax forward earned his nickname for a reason.

The Calgary Roughnecks know all about “Dangerous” Dan Dawson.

After all, the Portland LumberJax forward earned his nickname for a reason.

“Dangerous is dangerous,” explained Calgary forward Josh “Shooter” Sanderson heading into tomorrow night’s clash between the Roughnecks and the LumberJax at the Saddledome (7:30 p.m.). “He can score from outside, he can score from inside. He’s a tough check.”

Sanderson hopes he can live up to his own nickname when the two teams clash in the National Lacrosse League’s West Division final.

“With the offence we have, it could be any guy on any given night,” said Sanderson, who the Riggers acquired at the trade deadline by shipping high-scoring forward Lewis Ratcliff to the Toronto Rock. “We just want everybody contributing for a win.”

While the Riggers beat the Colorado Mammoth 15-13 in Denver last Saturday night to qualify for the West Final, the Jax travelled to San Jose the next day and handed the Stealth an 18-16 loss largely due to a seven-goal, five-assist performance by Dawson.

“He not only knows how to score, he’s such a good set-up guy as well,” said Calgary bench boss Troy Cordingley, who also coached Dawson in his hometown of Oakville, Ont.

Calgary assistant captain Andrew McBride said the entire defence corps will have to work together to shut down the Portland offence.

“We know that their whole offence revolves around Dan,” said the all-star defenceman. “We’re going to really try to dictate the play and not let him get into the flow. He’s definitely our target. We’ve gone over a game plan and we’ve gone over some film and we’re definitely going to have try to shut him down to be successful.”

Thanks to a four-game winning streak, the Roughnecks now find themselves in a position to qualify for the Champion’s Cup, which will be hosted by either the Buffalo Bandits or the New York Titans.

“Everything just fell into place,” McBride said. “Having a home game is just a huge boost for us.”


 
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