Stealth can't silence tandem

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:59 PM ET

T.K. and K.T. delivered the TKO to the San Jose Stealth last night. Calgary Roughnecks all-star forwards Tracey Kelusky and Kaleb Toth combined for nine goals and

14 points as the Riggers beat the Stealth 15-11 in National Lacrosse League action at the 'Dome.

With the victory, Calgary remains atop the West Division standings at 7-3. San Jose falls to 3-8.

It was Calgary's third straight victory, while the Stealth has lost five in a row. The teams play the second game of the home-and-home series tonight at HP Pavilion in San Jose.

Kevin Dostie and Jason Wulder scored a pair for the Roughnecks, while Lewis Ratcliff and Jeff Moleski added singles to round out the scoring for Calgary.

Spencer Martin led San Jose with three goals, while Curt Malawsky and former Rigger Ted Dowling each had two. Jim Moss, Kevin Fines, Derek Malawsky and Curtis Hodgson had singles.

Curtis Palidwor made

33 saves for the Roughnecks. Anthony Cosmo turned aside 32 for San Jose.

Toth was hot early for the Roughnecks, scoring three goals in the first half while Kelusky saved his heroics for the third quarter when he scored a natural hat-trick to break a tie and put the Roughnecks ahead by three.

As he looked over the scoresheet after the game, Stealth GM/head coach Johnny Mouradian could only shake his head.

"That's the sign of a marquee ball player, a franchise ball player," Mouradian said of Kelusky's run.

"A guy who can seize control of a game like that when his teams needs it."

Mouradian said you can't expect to beat the Roughnecks any night Kelusky and Toth can put up the numbers they did.

"You can't let those guys get that many goals," said Mouradian. "They'll kill you every time. They were the difference tonight and they were the difference in their last win against Colorado. You just can't let them do that, period."

Toth -- the hometown product who has nine goals and 13 points in his last two games -- said he and Kelusky complemented each other well in the game but stressed the credit for the win rests with the team.

"We both played good in certain spots," said Toth. "But it's more than just us two. The whole team is contributing, playing well and that's why we've been successful lately."

Fines opened the scoring shorthanded 2:12 into the game on a harmless-looking outside shot that beat Palidwor. Toth then scored his first two of the game and the clubs were knotted at a pair after 15 minutes.

Moleski scored 13 seconds into the second quarter off the faceoff, the first of a three-goal run by the Roughnecks. However, the Stealth went on their own three-goal run to tie it up at five.

Calgary led 6-5 at the half.

Calgary outscored the San Jose 9-6 in the second half to seal the deal.

The Roughnecks dedicated the game to the four RCMP officers killed in Mayerthorpe. All RCMP, EMS, firefighters and city police officers were offered free tickets to the game.

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CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 15

SAN JOSE STEALTH: 11


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