By Avry Lewis-McDougall
OT always brings magic and in this case it worked out just fine for the home team playing in the capital of Alberta. The Edmonton Rush got their 2nd win in a row with their 9-8 win over the Minnesota Swarm at Rexall thanks to an Aaron Wilson goal just 38 seconds into overtime. The Rush offense was lead early on by Zack Greer, Ryan Ward and Shawn Williams as they were able to give the Rush a 4-2 lead after the first frame. 16 shots on net showed the team has been improving in that aspect as shots on net has been an Achilles heel for the team all season long.
The 2nd saw more offensive firepower from the Rush as Zack Greer, Aaron Wilson and Corey Small were able to put up tallies but Minny hung around in the ball game thanks to goals from Kevin Ross, Jay Card and Josh Gillam.The Rush offence started strong in the first half with 8 goals before halftime and a strong performance in net from Aaron Bold who stood on his head as the Rush had an 8-4 lead going into the half.
The 3rd saw the switch flip as the Rush were unable to get anything going as the Swarm got two goals in the quarter another one from Jay Card and Tyler Hass to make it an 8-6 game going into the quarter that is commonly known as the 4th.
A complete shutdown of the offense occurred for Edmonton as they put up another goose egg on the board but guess what? Minnesota didn't as they tied the game up at 8 thanks to goals from Callum Crawford and Kevin Ross to send the game to overtime.
Overtime lasted about as long as it takes for me to wash my hands thanks to the Aaron Wilson goal which was set up by a great pass from Jeff Cornwall to beat Evan Kirk.
The Rush improve to 4-7 on the season and sit 4th in the West Division thanks to the Calgary Roughnecks beating Washington 13-11 on Saturday. Edmonton travels to Toronto next week to play the Rock on April 7th and Minnesota plays Philly on April 6th.
Three Stars of the game:
#1: Zack Greer (EDM) 3 goals. Clearly the first star as his play helped spark the Rush early in the contest.
#2: Kevin Ross (MIN), 3 goals 1 assist. He kept the Swarm in the ball game when it looked like the Rush were going to pull away and turn the game into a blowout.
#3 Ryan Ward (EDM) 3 goals, 1 assist. Ward was another key cog in the Rush O.
That's all for now and I'm out! Follow me on twitter, at @Avry.