According to Scott Mitchell of the Calgary Herald on Friday, the Calgary Roughnecks have clinched a playoff spot in the 2016 National Lacrosse League playoffs. That is because the Vancouver Stealth were eliminated from playoff contention when they lost 11-10 to the Colorado Mammoth on Friday night in Denver.
The Stealth could have passed the Roughnecks into third place in the West Division with a win over the Mammoth on Friday and a win over the Georgia Swarm on Saturday and if the Roughnecks lost to the Toronto Rock on Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Roughnecks will now play the Mammoth in the Western Division semi-final next week with the winner playing the Saskatchewan Rush in a best of three series in the Western Division Final.
In the East, the Buffalo Bandits (12-5) and the New England Black Wolves (10-6) have clinched playoff spots. The Swarm (7-10) can clinch a playoff spot with either a win over the Vancouver Stealth on Saturday or a Rochester Knighthawks loss to the Black Wolves on Sunday.
In other Roughnecks news, the Roughnecks were able to raise $25,200 for STARS Air Ambulance. The Roughnecks wore Star Wars themed jerseys in their 16-12 win over the Stealth on April 9 and auctioned off the jerseys to charity.