Toth paces Riggers

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

Calgary Roughnecks forward Kaleb Toth picked the perfect time to come to life yesterday.

The hometown product scored three goals in the fourth quarter -- including the game winner -- as the Roughnecks beat the Colorado Mammoth 13-10 in National Lacrosse League action at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Toth -- who finished the day with four goals and five points -- notched his final-frame hat-trick as part of an unanswered four-goal Roughnecks' run that sealed the victory for Calgary.

"I was pretty quiet throughout the whole game," said Toth. "I was trying to set guys up and not shooting the ball. The guys were yelling at me to shoot the ball more so I started firing it and it was going in."

With the victory, Calgary improved to 6-3 and now sits atop the NLL's West Division. Colorado fell to 6-4, tied for second in the West with the Arizona Sting, a half game back of Calgary.

Captain Tracey Kelusky scored a hat-trick for Calgary while Jason Wulder, Kyle Goundrey, Chris Gill and Lewis Ratcliff added singles. Roughnecks rookie defender Ryan McNish added a pair of markers, his first NLL goals.

Gary Gait and Gavin Prout paced Colorado with three goals and four assists each.

Calgary led 4-2 after the first quarter and 7-6 at the half. The Riggers were up 9-8 after the third quarter when Colorado rattled off two straight to take its first lead of the game before the Roughnecks went on their late run to cap the game.

The contest was Calgary's best wire-to-wire effort of the season, said McNish.

"It's a huge confidence boost," said McNish. "It just proves that when we put 60 minutes of lacrosse together, we're unstoppable."

Roughnecks goalie Curtis Palidwor, who struggled throughout the first half of the season with an inflated GAA of 14.12, was solid between the pipes making 47 saves.

The New Westminster, B.C., product said the game was more important than your average victory. By winning the season-series between the clubs 2-1, The Roughnecks own the playoff tiebreaker between the two teams and have helped themselves greatly in their bid to lock up a home playoff berth.

"The goal is to get a home playoff game," said Palidwor. "This takes us a huge step towards that. Now, for Colorado to get a home playoff game, they have to finish ahead of us. It was big for us to get the win and get the win in their building. It sends a message to them."

The Roughnecks, to a man, were well aware of the importance of yesterday's rubber match between the two division rivals, echoed Toth.

"This was a game we had to win if we wanted to finish first place," said Toth. "We had to beat these guys. I think that was the best game our team has played so far this year."

"We had big games from everybody," he added. "It was a total team effort and that's all you can ask for."


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