Rush come out flat in Denver

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:38 PM ET

The Edmonton Rush were sky high after picking up their first-ever win two weeks ago.

Perhaps the best thing for them would have been to play the very next night.

But after a week off, the Rush forgot what it was that allowed them to scratch that zero out of the win column.

"I think that was the first night that we didn't really give a good effort," said head coach Paul Day after his Rush (1-7) dropped a 15-10 verdict to the Colorado Mammoth (5-3) last night in Denver.

"I thought the Calgary game and even the two games prior to that we played so well, but we just got outworked tonight. We have a team waiting for us (Arizona) that's on a three-game slide and I'm sure they're going to come out hard.

"We've got to make sure that we've learned something from this."

Colorado jumped a game up on Calgary and Arizona for top spot in the NLL's West Division. Arizona pays a visit to the Rush tonight (8 p.m.) at Rexall Place.

The Rush players couldn't defend themselves from the coach's harsh criticism.

"We were off last week but they were too so there's no excuse," said veteran Kevin Howard, who counted a pair of goals in the second half. "You have to come to play every night in this league. It's very important and we just gave a game away tonight. Everyone knows what we have to do. There's no point in talking about it. We just have to go out and do it."

Mat Giles, the newest member of the Rush, concurred with the lack-of-effort explanation.

"It's the first time since I've been here that we've been outworked and that hurt us. Because we're a team that isn't loaded with talent, we can't be outworked," said Giles, who scored two goals 73 seconds apart during a four-goal outbreak in the second quarter.

All season long, the woeful Rush power play has been a cause for concern.

Nothing changed against the Mammoth as they managed to pick up just two goals on the man advantage. In stark contrast, the high-powered offence of the Mammoth netted seven goals on the power play.

A little give and take here and there in the man-up situations and the Rush would have been looking at a much tighter scoreboard most of the night.

"Our PK was very poor," said Day. "It was more about brains than anything else.

"We got one PP goal early and then I don't know if we got out of a rhythm or we just didn't attack again."


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