Rush get raw deal in loss

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

For the Edmonton Rush, goals are hard to come by.

So they can ill-afford to have seemingly legitimate goals waved off.

Such was the case last night as the Rush had three goals disallowed en route to a 13-9 loss to the Arizona Sting in Phoenix.

The first in the opening quarter proved to be the biggest.

"I thought we played fairly well, but momentum shifted when they called back Kevin Howard's goal," said Rush head coach Paul Day. "We ended up killing the penalty, but it definitely killed our momentum."

Howard's goal in the first quarter would have given the Rush a 5-3 advantage. However, the Rush forward was ruled to have made contact with Sting goaltender Mike Miron before the ball went into the net. Instead of being up by two goals, the Rush were forced to kill a penalty.

"They said he hit the goalie, but the guy who called it was way out at the restraining line," said Day. "The guy on the crease actually called it a goal, but the head referee waved it off basically from what would be the blue line (in hockey)."

Following the disallowed marker, the Sting went on to score five consecutive goals to take an 8-3 lead at halftime.

"We used up a lot of energy to kill that penalty off, which we did," said Day. "We also didn't score for a while and they chipped a way."

In the second quarter, the Rush offence went to sleep. The team could barely manage any shots much less score goals.

Kerry Susheski led the way for the Rush with a pair of goals, while Howard, Tyler Heavenor, Brad Darion, Jim Quinlan, Cam Bergman, Jamey Bowen and Randy Daly had the others.

"We don't have the superstars here, so we have to show up for four quarters in order to compete in this league and we only showed up for two quarters again. "We're not talented enough to take a shift off, let alone a quarter."

The Rush did not get much help from the officials. The seemingly questionable calls were not limited to disallowed goals. They also found themselves on the wrong end of the penalty spectrum. They were assessed five minor penalties to the Sting's one.

The Rush did manage to make a game of it late in the contest with four straight goals in the fourth quarter - two of them short-handed.

"It's very frustrating when you only get one power play," said Howard. "Tonight I can honestly say the reffing did not go our way. It was very frustrating. There were a number of times where you would take a look and not know where the penalty was coming from."


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