Rush snap season-long goose egg

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

CALGARY -- The Edmonton Rush can stop talking about finding positives within losses.

After six straight setbacks, the Rush are finally on the positive side of a result. The Rush had let a few leads slip away already this season and it looked as though another game was going to get away.

But with 0.1 seconds left, the Rush caught a break.

And a win which couldn't have tasted any better considering the nail-biter 12-11 win came against the rival Calgary Roughnecks in front of 12,025 fans at the Saddledome.

"Those kind of breaks don't come around very often," said the Rush's Cam Bergman who was credited with the dramatic game winner.

The Roughnecks had battled back from an 11-7 deficit to tie the game with 9.7 seconds remaining. But the Rush won the ensuing faceoff which allowed Bergman to get away a final shot. The rebound came off goalie Andrew Layshon and laid in the crease where Andrew Biers reached out for the loose ball.

It wound up going off his stick and across the goal line less than a heartbeat before the siren to end regulation.

"It's a magic feeling," said Rush goalie Pat Campbell who gave away the ball to allow the Roughnecks' late goal. But without Campbell's heroic 54-save effort, the Rush would have never been in a position to win.

"After every loss, I stayed up really late and drank a lot of beer," added Campbell. "Tonight, I'm drinking even more beer and staying up till tomorrow.

"This means everything's coming together and the patience we've been pleading for is starting to pay off. We've been under the gun a lot from the city and management to get that goose-egg out of the way. Now we'll play with confidence and go from worst to first."

The Roughnecks won the battle of the fourth quarter - a one-sided knockout by Ryan "Corporal Punishment" McNish over Chris Stachniak - but the war on the floor went the Rush's way.

The pounding that Stachniak took, and the wild celebration by McNish which carried into the crowd behind the penalty box, set the Rush off.

"Guys were a little heated but we took some time, got some composure and decided to make him pay for that," said Rush head coach Paul Day, who was a vision of relief in the ecstatic locker room.

All of a sudden, the Rush's abysmal power play went wild as Jamey Bowen connected for his second and Jordan Cornfield outguessed Curtis Palidwor which sent the Calgary goalie to the bench for the rest of the night.

Layshon initially didn't fare much better as the first shot he faced was a laser from Randy Daly for another power-play tally.

But the Roughnecks never faded away. All-star Lewis Ratcliff clicked for a pair and Kyle Goundrey counted Calgary's third goal with an extra attacker after the dreadful miscue by Campbell.

For once, though, an error wasn't the last impression the Rush would leave on a game.

"Calgary's a pretty good team to get your first win against," said Day. "We've worked so hard and played so well some nights that eventually you're going to get some luck."

Daly hit the hat trick for the Rush, adding a shorthanded goal, with singles going to Kevin Howard, Darren Hillier, Mat Giles, Jimmy Quinlan and Kerry Susheski.

Ratcliff and Tracey Kelusky each had seven points for Calgary.


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