Black Wolves get back to work at Calgary on Saturday night
New England Black Wolves coach Glenn Clark was asked the following Wednesday during his weekly conference call:
How do you maintain the momentum of a win over defending National Lacrosse League champion Saskatchewan last time out headed into this week's game at Calgary (9 p.m. Saturday), given that there was a bye week in between.
The short answer from Clark. You don't.
"We don't get to see each other because of geography ... we've been able to watch some things and stay updated," Clark said. "The message is, 'Nobody is caring about the Sask game right now. You need to establish yourselves again ... and again and again.'
"If you think you've arrived (because of the 12-11 win at home against Saskatchewan on Dec. 28), you're in the wrong business. You need to have repeatable actions, you need to have repeatable efforts. That's what we're looking for this weekend."
Since the win over Saskatchewan, led by four goals and two assists from Reilly O'Connor and three goals and three assists from Callum Crawford, the Black Wolves have had some other news, perhaps not unexpected.
Veteran forward Kevin Crowley, who led the NLL in goals last season, was traded to the Philadelphia Wings for a pair of first-round draft picks, one in 2019 and one in 2022. Crowley had not yet reported this season, holding out as New England tried to sign him to a multi-year deal.
"I don't think we gave up too early," Clark said. "The impression might be it's just been these past couple months, but this has been an ongoing negotiation for Rich (Lisk, general manager, the past couple seasons). ... I'm sort of glad the guesswork is out of it and we know what our group is. It's kind of a relief, actually."
The Black Wolves (1-1) are being led by Crawford with five goals and seven assists for 12 point, O'Connor with seven goals and four assists for 11 points and Tyler Digby with three and four for seven points.
Calgary (3-1) has 25 points from Rhys Duch (10 goals, 15 assists) and 23 from Dane Dobbie (11 goals, 12 assists). The Roughnecks, despite missing forwards Curtis Dickson and Wesley Berg due to ongoing contract negotiations, have won three straight.
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