One complete paddling

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 2:13 PM ET

TORONTO -- The 'Dome curse has finally burst.

With a 44-16 win last night over the Toronto Argonauts, the Calgary Stampeders broke a seven-game losing streak in Hogtown and showed once again they are among the CFL's elite.

Joffrey Reynolds rushed for one touchdown, Ryan Thelwell scored on a 32-yard catch and Keon Raymond recovered a fumble in the endzone as the Stamps sent 28,678 spectators home from Rogers Centre unhappy.

It was the club's first win in Toronto since 2000 and it gives the Stamps (9-4) four straight victories.

"We knew there was a challenge here," said head coach John Hufnagel. "We knew the players, for whatever reason, haven't fared well here for the last seven years. We made every effort as a staff to make sure it didn't happen again.

"They did an excellent job, and I'm very proud of this football team right now."

Quarterback Henry Burris got off to a slow start before hooking up with Jeremaine Copeland on a 61-yard reception in the second quarter.

Before that, Burris was just 7-of-16 passing for 53 yards, including an interception in the endzone.

But the Stamps offence picked it up when Reynolds punched the ball in after Copeland's reception, giving the visitors a 21-13 lead at the half.

Burris finished 18-of-32 for 256 yards and a touchdown to go with that interception.

"We've developed amnesia when it comes to the past," Burris said. "We just remember the good stuff. But we did want to come in this building and right some wrongs.

"Jeremaine got us going with that huge catch and we came out and did a better job in the second half.

"These past couple games, our offence didn't click the way we wanted them to.

"We made enough plays to put up 40 points."

The Stamps will finish the week no worse than tied for first in the West Division, making the next two games against the Saskatchewan Roughriders crucial.

They may have to contend with some aches and pains as right tackle Jeff Pilon's night ended early because of a shoulder injury.

With defensive end Mike Labinjo on the sidelines with an ankle sprain, the Stamps defence lost another starter as safety Wes Lysack left with an ankle injury suffered on the first play of the game.

But the defence adapted well as Markus Howell and Raymond took over for Lysack at safety.

The Argos started Cody Pickett at quarterback for the second straight game and again had trouble moving the ball and scoring. It didn't help that the Argos main weapon, running back Dominique Dorsey, left early with what appeared to be a knee injury.

The Stamps defence can be credited with forcing two safeties in the first half.

In the second half, when the defence forced fumbles by Arland Bruce and Jeff Johnson, the offence turned them into a quick 10 points.

"The more opportunities we give our offence, the more points they will score," said linebacker Shannon James.

The Stamps dominated on special teams, especially in the first half, when Raymond recovered a Mike Vanderjagt fumble. Calgary's special teams directly contributed 10 points as Demetris Summers brought back a kickoff 60 yards to set up a field goal.


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