Seen this one before

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:10 AM ET

Like another bad sequel, Calgary Roughneck fans saw the same, tired storyline play out again yesterday.

A stagnant offence and a brutal powerplay headlined the marquee as the Riggers fell 14-10 to the defending National Lacrosse League champion Toronto Rock before 9,911 at the 'Dome.

Calgary fell to 3-3 while Toronto improved to 2-4.

Calgary was a woeful 0-5 on the powerplay -- including a blown two-man advantage -- and was held to only three goals on 28 first-half shots.

"Our shooting has been very poor and the powerplay is horrendous," said Calgary head coach Chris Hall, whose club is now 2-9 lifetime against the Rock. "It's simply a matter of execution. We are not scoring from outside and if you don't score from outside, they'll just collapse on you. We need to shoot better ... we're not shooting well at all.

"We had some good shots again tonight. Some great chances. The ball has to start going in the net. There's lots of room to shoot. We have to bury it. It's not good enough."

Sherwood Park's Blaine Manning kept up his penchant for big games against the Roughnecks, leading Toronto with five goals and eight points.

Josh Sanderson also had a solid night for the Rock with two goals and six helpers while goalie Bob Watson stood tall making 39 saves.

Calgary captain Tracey Kelusky scored four for Calgary -- three in the fourth quarter -- while Lewis Ratcliff had a hat-trick. Kaleb Toth scored a pair and Jesse Phillips had a single.

Curtis Palidwor and Andrew Leyshon split time in the pipes for Calgary with Palidwor making 21 saves on 28 shots and Leyshon stopping 18 of the 24 he faced.

Kelusky didn't mince words about the offence's abysmal play.

"I think we're relying on talent as opposed to relying on work ethic and it starts in practice," said Kelusky. "You play how you practise. I think we've been complacent all year and our execution is terrible. We have to be more focused."

Down 7-3 late in the first half, Calgary got a two-man powerplay with just over two minutes to go and blew a chance to get back into the game.

"We didn't generate any chances on the powerplays really today," said Kelusky. "We're standing around and not working hard and to be successful, you have to work hard and we're just not doing that."

Yesterday's game was expected to be a fight-filled affair between the two clubs. While there were three scraps and some big hits, it was a mild affair for the most part.

Toronto captain Jim Veltman, who came into yesterday's tilt with 1,998 loose balls, made NLL history by grabbing his 2,000th loose ball in the first quarter.

"It was a bit surreal when the moment happened," said Veltman, who will turn 40 next month. "It was a good feeling. It's not a record, it's a milesone ... it feels really good but the win felt better."


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