It was a sweet homecoming for Ben Prepchuk.
As far as the Edmonton Rush is concerned, however, home cookin' continues to be pure poison.
Prepchuk, who grew up in Sherwood Park and played for the Edmonton Miners, has been promised to be part of deal that would make him a member of the Rush in the future, but last night he played his first pro game in his home town for the rival Mammoth.
Prepchuk and his mates kept the Rush winless at Rexall Place as a potent power play paced them to a 13-7 decision in front of a crowd of 9,527.
"At the beginning of the game, I was a little nervous but after the first few shifts I settled in and felt a little more comfortable," said Prepchuk.
Prepchuk was clearly in a groove as he scored twice and chipped in four assists in what was easily his best offensive output of the season.
SENDING A MESSAGE
"I'd like to hope it sent a message," said Prepchuk of the failed trade talks between the Mammoth (7-5) and Rush.
After being taken to task by their head coach and owner for a dreadfully embarrassing effort last week against the Calgary Roughnecks, the Rush put everything they had on the floor.
Unfortunately for them, that's just not enough talent to hang with a Champion's Cup contender like the Mammoth.
The Rush (1-12) have one final chance to earn a home-field victory next Friday in the first of three straight meetings with the Portland LumberJax.
"We worked our asses off to get a win for the fans but this still sucks," said the Rush's Trent Smalley, who got into a scrap with Jay Jalbert moments after scoring Edmonton's fifth goal.
The dying moments of the game then featured two more tilts including a wild battle in front of the Colorado bench between the Rush's Chris McElroy and Jamie Hanford of the Mammoth.
"We tried hard but we're still making the same mental errors," said Giles.
"We're coughing the ball up too much on offence. You're not going to win anything scoring only seven goals."
A tight first quarter came to an end with Colorado's Chris Gill netting a power-play goal against Rush goalie Pat Campbell with 0.6 seconds left on the clock.
But the Rush responded quickly to open the second quarter. The Rush worked the ball around on a delayed penalty and on their third crack at the net, Brad Dairon ripped a high shot over the shoulder of Mammoth goalie Gee Nash.
Just 31 seconds later, the Rush took the lead on a bad-angle shot from Chris McElroy only to see that cushion disappear in a flash.
Gill and Dan Carey both scored their second of the game as the Mammoth counted twice on a double-minor assessed on Smalley. Those goals sparked a five-goal outbreak and Colorado closed the half with a comfortable 7-3 lead.
They also led to a stellar 6-for-8 night with the man-advantage for the Mammoth.
"They are the most athletic team we've seen and they are hard to handle,"said Rush head coach Paul Day.
"We're not a good enough team to take a quarter off.
''We took four or five minutes off while they were on the power play in the second and they are dangerous."
Nick Carlson and Gavin Prout also scored two goals for the Mammoth while Jalbert chipped in five assists.
Jamey Bowen helped Edmonton's offence with a pair.