By Mike Wilson
The Rush finally put one in the win column with a 14-12 victory over the Washington Stealth.
At the very beginning of the game, it looked like it was going to be a long night. The Stealth scored on their first 2 shots and scored 3 goals in 2 minutes. When the score changed to 4-1 in the favour of the Stealth, Rush coach Derek Keenan called a time-out. The game took a 360 after that.
On the Stealth's next possession, Rush goaltender Matt Disher made a sting of beautiful saves. If that game went to 5-1, It was over for the Rush. The game, and a home playoff date would have been out of their reach.
After that play, Scott Stewart took the ball and scored his first of 3 on the night; as well as the Rush’s first of 7 transition goals.
That goal sparked the come-back with the Rush tying it up at 4 with back to back shorthanded goals.
After that, the game went back and forth with each team taking 1-2 goal leads.
The game was finally won when Bill Greer picked up a loose ball at center and scored on a breakaway to make it 13-12. All-star Brett Mydske capped it off with an empty netter.
Rhys Duch finished the game with 6 points while Lewis Ratcliff potted 3 goals and collected 7 assists. The loose ball leader was Paul Rabil, but that goes without saying.
For the Rush, Andy Secore broke out of his slump with a hat trick, while Brodie Merrill took 6 points away from the game.
The Transition game won them the game last night by scoring 54% of their goals. The offence put up 66 shots, leading them to their top offensive performance of the year.
This was the first time this season I felt like the Rush’s offence came to play. They fought for every lose ball and even laid the body on Richards, which resulted in a Rush possession.
They finally brought the fight that Coach Keenan was looking for.
After the game, it seemed like a 500lb boulder was lifted off of his back. There was nothing about that game he was unhappy about.
Lets hope he can feel the same way after tonight, when game 2 of the home and home between the Rush and the Stealth takes place in Everett.
If you live in Canada, you can watch it on CityTV Edmonton.
There was quite a bit of dirty stuff after the game, so don’t be surprised if this one is a rough one.
Players of the game:
Washington: Lewis Ratcliff- 3 goals, 7 assists
Edmonton: Scott Stewart- 3 goals on transition