Toth still counting

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

Kaleb Toth's streak is not quite Cal Ripkenesque yet but is impressive nonetheless.

Toth is the Calgary Roughnecks' ironman, having played in every game for the National Lacrosse League franchise since its inception in 2001 -- 69 games and counting.

That streak came close to ending last Saturday in the Riggers' 15-14 OT win against the Colorado Mammoth at the 'Dome.

Toth got bit by a nasty flu bug that almost sidelined him.

"It was weird," said Toth, who will lead his club this weekend when they play a pair of road games tonight in Edmonton and tomorrow in San Jose.

"It was like a 48-hour flu. It hit me Friday around 3 p.m. hard. I could barely practise. I left about 20 minutes in and went home to bed. Saturday morning got up and felt a bit better but I couldn't eat anything. Every time I did, it came back up. It was tough."

The 28-year-old Calgary native said he was conscious of his streak and didn't want it to end.

"It does feel good I haven't missed a game," said Toth. "It's good to know I'm a guy they can count on. But the major factor was I wanted to play because we needed a win. If I was going to be a liability I wouldn't have played. You have to do what's best for the team and I felt I could contribute."

Contribute he did. Toth scored two goals less than two minutes apart in the third quarter and finished with six points in one of his best performances of the season.

REVOLVING NET: Calgary has solved its goaltending conundrum.

Starter Curtis Palidwor has been solid this season but backup Andrew Leyshon came in and stole the show in the 15-14 OT win over Colorado last Saturday. Third-stringer Ryan Avery, recently acquired from Buffalo for a first-round pick, was waiting in the wings.

The team has decided to start Palidwor for tonight's tilt against Edmonton with Avery as the backup while Leyshon will play in tomorrow's game against the Stealth in San Jose with Palidwor as the backup.

"We wanted to give Avery a sense of what it's like to dress for us," said Calgary GM Kurt Silcott. "And we also felt Andrew deserved a start. Hopefully, this arrangement works out well for all concerned."

DOWLING IN ROUGH SHAPE: It's highly unlikely all-star forward Ted Dowling will suit up for the Roughnecks this year.

Calgary traded for Dowling last week, sending youngster Ryan Marshall to the Portland Lumberjax.

Dowling was nursing a knee injury at the time of the trade and underwent surgery this week. The damage was worse than expected, said Calgary GM Kurt Silcott.

However, the deal had a clause in it that should Dowling be unable to play, Calgary would get Portland's 2006 second-round pick.

"The surgery did not go well," said Silcott. "His knee is in bad shape. He is out for the year. It looks like he won't play for us barring something miraculous."


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