Rush record drops to 0-3

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:23 PM ET

In what was considered a must-win game, the Edmonton Rush didn't mustre enough.

The Rush got back into last night's spirited tussle with the Calgary Roughnecks with a furious fourth-quarter rally, but against a team with the amount of talent the Roughnecks boast, overcoming a seven-goal deficit is too much of deficit.

Calgary outgunned the Rush 9-2 over the middle quarters and then slipped out of Rexall Place with a 12-9 victory before an announced crowd of 11,676.

"This one hurts," said Rush forward Jimmy Quinlan, who scored two of his three goals in the final-period surge.

"Our offence let us down again three games running. Nine goals in this league just ain't going to cut it."

TOOK CONTROL

The Rush battled even up with the Calgary Roughnecks in the first quarter and then took control in the fourth with their comeback bid.

But for the third straight outing, the Rush butchered their power-play opportunities going 1-for-7 and failed to put together a full-game's worth of effort.

"We've got to play with a sense of urgency and execute. We've got to get better," said Tyler Heavenor, who scored his second of the game against Roughnecks goalie Curtis Palidwor during the rally.

"The valleys are a little bigger than the peaks right now. I guess it's a learning curve and a bit of inexperience. But we're not an expansion team. This team knows how to win. We've got to put it together.

"They're pretty respectable losses to Calgary, but excuses are for losers and we don't have any excuses in this room for not winning any games. We've played a good half of lacrosse each game but we can't be happy with the overall effort."

After a feisty first quarter that saw the teams tied 2-2, the offences came alive. Roughnecks captain Tracey Kelusky notched a beauty with a backhand over-the-shoulder effort that completely fooled Rush goalie Pat Campbell.

But not to be outdone, Quinlan answered for the Rush when he scrambled to the net, dived into the crease and tucked a shot behind Palidwor.

The Rush's sag came after defender Chris Stachniak knotted the game 4-4 with a shorthanded goal. Even the halftime break didn't change much as the Roughnecks continued their offensive assault.

Making matters worse for the Rush, Kevin Dostie scored his first goal of the season just seconds after the Roughnecks had killed off a second two-man disadvantage.

"I think we created all night and battled all night, but we weren't finishing and our power play came up short again,'' said Rush head coach Paul Day, who will take his team into Toronto on Friday to meet the surprisingly winless Rock.

CAN'T SCORE GOALS

"As far as work ethic and laying it on the line, I think we did that for four quarters, but we've got to score some goals."

In the third, Jason Wulder hit for the hat trick and Dostie struck again, which brought an end to the night for a shell-shocked Campbell, who mercifully got the hook.

Backup Dwight Maetche didn't fare much better as Lewis Ratcliff beat him with the first shot he faced to put Calgary up 11-4.

Kerry Susheski had two goals for the Rush, while singles went to Brad Dairon and Randy Daly.

Kelusky finished with three for the Roughies, with Kaleb Toth scoring a pair and Kyle Goundrey adding another.

QUICK STICKS: Although there were several complaints from fans about the volume of music during the Rush's debut game two weeks ago, the tunes were still pumping last night. And there was still some annoying commentary over the PA system.


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