Accuracy first

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

It doesn't do much good to have a Howitzer if you can't hit the target with it. This has been the problem for Calgary Roughnecks forward Kaleb Toth the last few seasons.

The Calgary product, who has one of the biggest outside guns in the National Lacrosse League, won the hardest-shot contest at last season's all-star tilt with a blast clocked at 160 km/h Toth has had his shot radared before up near 170 km/h.

But the righty has struggled the last few seasons finding the range with that cannon, hitting more belly pads and missing more nets than he'd care to remember.

However, during the Roughnecks' recent four-game winning streak -- which included Friday night's 18-16 victory over the Colorado Mammoth -- Toth has looked more like the sniper from the perimeter he was in the past.

He tallied four goals Friday -- three from the outside -- and has 10 in his last three games.

Calgary head coach Chris Hall has been impressed with the resurgence of his assistant captain.

"He's shooting the ball with purpose now and picking his spots," said Hall. "I really like the way Kaleb has been playing lately."

Toth said the secret to finding the back of the net again was simple: Dial it back a notch.

"What I did was I talked to everybody and everybody pretty much said take some heat off of it," said Toth. "Try to place it a little more. Don't always try to put it through the goalie and that's what I've been trying to do.

"Even when I take a bit off and place the shot, guys are saying I still have one of the hardest shots in the league."

Toth has scored 16 points in three games and has 23 points -- including 14 goals -- in six games. He's tied for 12th in league scoring.

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OGILVIE UPDATE: Roughnecks defender Andy Ogilvie, who suffered a pontentially season-ending knee injury in Friday night's win, returned to his Vancouver-area home yesterday and will be assesed by a doctor early next week.


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