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TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:28 PM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks crashed and burned yet again at the Air Canada Centre last night. The Riggers fell 16-10 to the Toronto Rock in National Lacrosse League action to drop to

0-5 lifetime in The Hangar.

In a battle of first-place squads, Calgary looked anything but as it fell to

8-5 with the loss -- its second straight -- while Toronto improved to 9-3.

Calgary was outshot 54-40 in the contest --

31-16 in the first half -- and went 20:50 at one point without scoring a goal. Calgary captain Tracey Kelusky said his club's performance was sub-par.

"We made too many mistakes on offence and defence to win that game, plain and simple," said Kelusky, who had a hat-trick in the loss. "We need to play better if we want to beat a team like that."

The usual suspects were Roughneck-killers again. Colin Doyle had five goals and three assists while Sherwood Park product Blaine Manning had a goal and six helpers.

Lewis Ratcliff had a hat-trick for Calgary -- which included a penalty shot in the first quarter -- while Kevin Howard, Kaleb Toth, Brad MacDonald and Andrew Biers rounded out the scoring for the Riggers.

The Roughnecks have lost in every way conceivable at the ACC over the last four seasons and last night it was special teams that spelled doom for the defending NLL champs.

Toronto was six-for-seven on the powerplay and added two shorthanded markers.

The last time the clubs tangled in Toronto Feb. 12, the Rock capitalized on eight of

13 extra-man chances in a 16-10 victory.

Last night, the Rock went on a six-goal unanswered run in the fourth quarter that broke open a game which was knotted at 10.

The first of the run came on a powerplay that resulted from a bizarre call. MacDonald was run over by Toronto defender Patrick Merrill a few seconds after the whistle had blown on a disputed delayed penalty against MacDonald.

Although it appeared he had done nothing wrong, MacDonald was given a tripping minor while another Roughneck was called for holding, although the refs lost track of who it was and told Calgary head coach Chris Hall to send anyone to the box.

Merrill, meanwhile, received only a two-minute minor for interference. Doyle scored his third goal of the game to open up the flood gates moments later. Hall was obviously upset.

"It was incomprehensible, quite frankly," said Hall. "As I've said, things like that happening in Toronto is getting quite tiresome.

"It's becoming increasingly frustrating."

To add injury to insult, the Roughnecks -- with four defenders already sidelined -- lost rookie Ryan McNish to an apparent knee injury in the first quarter and finished shorthanded. Hall, whose team was also without forward Jason Wulder, said the injury situation is getting dire.

"The injury factor is becoming huge," said Hall. "I've never seen such a rash of injuries like this. Every time we get it patched up, we lose another one."

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TORONTO ROCK: 16

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: 10


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