'Twas one Rocky outing

ROD KELLY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

What looked to be a up-and-down, back-and-forth affair between two longtime cross-country rivals quickly turned in the favour of the hungrier Toronto Rock last night at the Saddledome.

The Rock (5-7) grabbed their third straight win in NLL action after jumping to an early 2-0 lead over the host Calgary Roughnecks (8-3) and never really looked back. In the end, the Roughnecks fell short in a 12-10 loss.

Riggers forward Kaleb Toth did almost everything he could to keep his team in the game. With an eight-point night that included five goals and three assists, Toth admitted Calgary fell short in too many aspects of the game.

"One quarter of solid play just isn't good enough," said Toth, referring to the third quarter that saw the Roughnecks get back in the game with two big goals all the while holding Toronto off the board. "We were just way too inconsistent for too much of the night, though. We shouldn't have been down so early in the game. We'll definitely have to regroup for Minnesota (tonight)."

Led by former Rigger sniper Lewis Ratcliff, the Rock countered any threat the Riggers offered up, and despite letting the home side back into the game in the third quarter, Toronto looked in control.

"It was a good game for us and obviously a really huge win for our team," said Ratcliff, who scored five times and added an assist for the winning side.

"Calgary is a good team, and you have to keep the moving the ball against them to have any chance of winning. I think we did that tonight. It's something we'll have to keep doing if we want to continue improving."

Down 9-5 after the first half, the early game onslaught by the visiting Rock was the big difference as starting goalie Matt King was chased from the net at the 6:56 mark of the second quarter in favour of Pat Campbell, and the visitors were able to continue to hang on in the third quarter and score three in the final frame to seal the win.

Coming off a five-goal outing last weekend against the Rochester Knighthawks, Ratcliff had two counters by the 5:22 mark and continued to give his former team headaches through the first half, potting two goals in the second quarter before adding another late in the game.

The Riggers, who could have taken a big step toward securing a playoff position with a win last night, looked as though they could pull another win off at one point.

The hosts had clawed their way back to tie it 9-9 early in the fourth quarter on a Josh Sanderson goal, but Toronto took control with the three late markers to grab the win.

ROD.KELLY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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