Sniper destined to score record

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

Kaleb Toth isn't too worried about starting a second stint atop the Calgary Roughnecks' all-time scoring charts.

It's just a matter of time before Toth leapfrogs Lewis Ratcliff -- who was traded to the Toronto Rock late last season -- and reclaims the Riggers' franchise records for career goals, assists and points.

However, the veteran forward would trade it all for a second Champion's Cup title.

"If I get 20 points and we win the championship, then I'd be happier than a fat kid on a Smartie," the hometown boy insisted.

"Hopefully, we can just win, and if I can contribute, that's even better."

Toth needs a pair of goals and nine helpers to rewrite the franchise record in both categories, which would also vault him back into the lead for career points.

In seven seasons with the Riggers, the four-time all-star has racked up 209 goals and 243 assists. Ratcliff potted 210 goals and added 251 assists in five-and-a-half campaigns in Calgary.

Toth already owns a handful of Roughnecks all-time marks, including most games played (111), most loose balls (513) and most game-winning goals (13).

"It's not about records," Toth said. "It's about the final goal, and the final goal for this team is to win the championship. If I can be a key part of that, that's what I want to be."

At his usual clip, the talented righty should have Ratcliff's records tucked into his back pocket long before the post-season picture clears up.

With a little luck, he could have both by the time the buzzer sounds at the end of tomorrow's home-opener against the Edmonton Rush (7 p.m., Saddledome).

Ratcliff, one of the league's most feared marksmen, was shipped to the Rock last season in exchange for set-up man Josh Sanderson. The Riggers selected Ratcliff's younger brother Cayle in September's NLL draft, and the rookie lefty said his sharpshooting sibling isn't fretting about losing his franchise records to Toth.

Toth isn't the only Riggers star poised to rewrite the club record books.

Veteran defender Andrew McBride has 205 career penalty minutes, just five shy of the Roughnecks' all-time standard, which belongs to Jesse Phillips. That's easily within reach for the assistant captain, who set a single-game mark with 19 minutes in the sin bin in an outing against the Colorado Mammoth last season.


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