Vancouver Stealth players will likely need to have ice bags handy late Saturday.
Langleyâ€™s National Lacrosse League team plays back-to-back this weekend, hosting the Colorado Mammoth Friday at the Langley Events Centre before visiting the Saddledome in Calgary on Saturday for a date with the Roughnecks.
During a media conference call Wednesday morning, Stealth head coach Chris Hall said fatigue wonâ€™t be an factor against the Roughnecks.
He noted that NLL teams occasionally play back-to-back games during the season, and many the players in the pro league are conditioned to play two contests in a row, which is common during their Western Lacrosse Association senior A seasons.
Saturdayâ€™s meeting will be the first between the teams since the Stealth edged the Roughnecks 14-13 in the 2013 NLL West Division Final at the Saddledome last spring.
â€œItâ€™s tough playing Calgary,â€ Hall said. â€œItâ€™s going to be a battle. Itâ€™s going to be a war.â€
The Stealth is coming off an emotional 8-5 win over the Minnesota Swarm in their home opener last Saturday at the LEC.
Hall reflected on last Saturdayâ€™s win: â€œIt was a good game for us. We probably had a bit of pressure on us, more so than the opposition. It was a start-up game for the franchise, and there was a lot of anticipation in the building, a lot of anticipation in the area about the NLLâ€™s return to Vancouver.â€
Hall felt the Stealth players felt some early game jitters but managed to get through â€œthose pretty easily.â€
He described the game as an â€œexciting night with a lot of energy. It was a fast and furious game, lots of rock â€™em sock â€™em.â€
Stealth transition player Ilija Gajic added, â€œIt was great to get the win, thatâ€™s for sure.â€
Vancouver will be looking for revenge Friday at the LEC, after losing 13-12 to the host Mammoth in its season opener on Jan. 4.
Fridayâ€™s home game has an 8 p.m. start time.
Tickets are available at stealthlax.com or at the LEC box office.