Rocked!

TY PILSON -- CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 12:53 PM ET

The image of coach Chris Hall waving a white towel as he left the bench said it all for the Calgary Roughnecks last night. Hall was tossed from the game on a bench minor for obscene language with five-and-a-half minutes left to play in a 16-10 loss to the Toronto Rock in National Lacrosse League action at the Air Canada Centre.

Riggers president and majority owner Brad Banister, however, said Hall's outburst came too late.

It was the 13th penalty called against the Roughnecks on the night, given to Hall for arguing a four-minute double minor roughing penalty given to captain Tracey Kelusky.

Calgary, on the other hand, was given only five powerplays in the game. Toronto capitalized on eight of its 13 extra-man chances in what was the difference in the contest.

Hall said it felt as if his team could do nothing without the whistle blowing.

"We couldn't do anything, literally, or they were putting us in the penalty box," said Hall. "And I don't think we were doing anything different than them. It was terrible, really.

"There definitely was a sense it was insurmountable, what was happening to us. I'm baffled by the whole thing, really."

Banister said after the loss he was more upset with his coach than the refs, saying Hall should have done something to stem the tide when Toronto went on a 7-1 run in the third quarter.

"I'm really p---ed with the coaching tonight," said Banister. "We have timeouts for a reason. We needed a momentum change; a timeout, pull the goalie -- do something. He waited too long to do something, anything."

The game got out of control late, with 10 fighting majors handed out in the last minute. Roughneck rookies Ryan McNish and Jeff Moleski, along with Kyle Goundrey, Andrew McBride and Jesse Phillips, all dropped the mitts.

The Roughnecks saw their four-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 4-3. The Rock won its second straight and improved to 4-2.

Roughnecks forward Lewis Ratcliff, the lone bright spot in the game for Calgary on offence with four goals and two assists, said frustration led to the late fisticuffs.

"Definitely frustration," said Ratcliff. "It was a tough game to play in. It seemed anything we did was a penalty."

Kelusky said the blame for the loss belonged in the Roughnecks' dressing room.

"We were sloppy the whole game," said Kelusky, who scored once. "We came in (the dressing room) at the half up 6-4 and talking about how we weren't playing the way we should be playing, not doing the little things we needed to do.

"I don't know if the officiating was the best but you have to play through adversity, right. We just didn't find a way."

Jason Wulder, Kaleb Toth, Jesse Phillips, Rob Williams and Taylor Wray rounded the scoring for Calgary.

Blaine Manning led Toronto with two goals and eight assists, while Colin Doyle and Josh Sanderson each notched seven points.

Calgary trailed 3-2 after the first quarter but led 6-4 at the half before the third-quarter run that included four goals in 1:23.

Calgary starter Curtis Palidwor got the mercy pull in the fourth with Andrew Leyshon taking his place between the pipes. The pair stopped 42 of the 58 shots they faced.

Calgary returns to the 'Dome Friday (7 p.m.) for a tilt with the 2-4 Anaheim Storm.

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TORONTO ROCK: 16

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 10


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