By Mike Wilson
Edmonton and Colorado faced off last night in game one of an important 3 game series, this one at Rexall Place in E-town. To the victor, a playoff spot. If you missed the game, here's the recap:
Goalltending was the story for the Rush in this game. Matt Disher stood up and made some huge saves early, letting Edmonton steal the momentum. Scott Evans started his big night off with a goal on the powerplay, while Cory Small started his with a face-melting shorthanded tally. At the end of the first, it was 3-1 for the home team.
The second was a quarter was one in which both teams scored 3 goals. John Grant Jr. topped off a hat trick for the Mammoth who trailed going into the locker room.
The Cory Small show continued in the third. Small is usually an outside shot kinda guy, but last night he used the picks to get to the net and dance Chris Levis's jock strap off. He wasn't the only one, Zack Greer scored his only goal of the night on a jaw-dropping move. The Rush lead continued as they went into the 4th quarter with a 11-6 lead.
The 4th quarter was a slower one, with the feeling that the game was over. The Rush used their offensive possessions to kill the clock and capture game one of the playoff series by the score of 14-10.
The 3 Stars:
3. EDM: Scott Evans- Evans used the screen shot effectively and came away from the game with 4 goals and 2 assists.
2. EDM: Cory Small- Young Small was the star on "O" last night. 3 goals and 5 assists gives him the team lead with 50 points.
" I thought I had a pretty good game. We stuck to our game plan and and executed. I had a 2 game drought there without any goals so it was nice to get a couple" Cory said after the game.
1. EDM: Matt Disher- Disher played at playoff level turning away 47 balls and only allowing 10.
Coach Derek Keenan told the media "When he gets hot he's really really good." . Rush fans are hoping he can stay hot.
COL: Alex Gajic and John Grant Jr.- Alex and Jr both left the game with 4 goals and 2 assists
Here's John Grants take on what the Mammoth need to do tonight to get a win:
"Score more goals. Stop more."
I think he found a winning strategy.