Rounding into form

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

Kerry Susheski was brought in to score.

It's just taken longer than originally expected for him to find the net.

Last year's Western Lacrosse Association's MVP is third in Edmonton Rush scoring this year with seven goals and 14 assists. However, the Rush hoped to get more production out of the New Westminster, B.C., native.

But with three goals in his last two games, things seem to be turning around for the sniper. And if the Rush have any chance of winning tonight in Phoenix, against the Arizona Sting, they'll need Susheski to be on target.

"For the first six or seven games, he was leading us in shooting and getting away a good number of shots," said Rush head coach Paul Day. "Every game, if you look at his shooting percentage on net, is getting better which is giving him a lot better chance to score some goals.

"He had been missing the net quite a bit early on in the season. But he's getting them on net now and they are starting to go for him."

With 15 goals and seven assists last season with Minnesota, Susheski should exceed his point total of a year ago.

But it's goals the Rush were looking for when they acquired the 26-year-old, six-foot, 195-pound forward.

"Things haven't gone as good as everybody had hoped and I had hoped," admitted Susheski. "But I just have to keep plugging away. It'll come when it comes, you just have to keep plugging away. Hopefully it doesn't come in the last game of the season."

Getting right back on the floor after a good weekend could be just the thing Susheski needs to get on a roll.

Playing the Sting again for the second time in less than a week also helps. Tomorrow the team travels to San Jose to take on the Stealth.

"It's starting to pick up now," he said. "I think it's changing for the better because I moved back to transition. I wasn't getting the looks I was in the summer. That's a big confidence booster, now I feel like I can get it past any goalie. At the beginning of the year it felt like everything was moving in fast- forward. But the last game it felt like it was in slow motion again like it was in the summer."


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