Rush take tumble in the Garden

SCOTT ZERR, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

The Edmonton Rush blew their final shot at earning a home-floor victory during Friday's "Guaranteed Win Night."

Yesterday they had a chance to salvage something out of their weekend home-and-home series with the Portland LumberJax.

But the Rush (1-14) blew it again, this time wasting a 5-0 cushion after the first quarter and letting the Jax (8-5) rattle off 10 unanswered goals before falling 14-10 in front of 5,864 fans at the Rose Garden.

Surrendering the big lead certainly didn't impress head coach Paul Day. But that paled in comparison to his overall assessment of his forwards. They were, well, offensive - and he wasn't talking about goal production.

"I'd really like to bring a lot of our young guys into the last game because a lot of the guys who were in the lineup today don't deserve to come back," said Day.

"It was pretty tough to find anybody who was coming out the front door who did the job today. I think if you shook the tree they'd all fall out. Even in the first quarter, we really weren't playing particularly well. We never put the pedal to the metal and that was really disappointing."

The loss put the Rush one step closer to becoming only the fourth team in NLL history to muster just one win in a season.

'HEARTBREAKING'

"It's absolutely heartbreaking," said Rush defender Buck Stobart.

In a quirky twist of fate, the last team to win only once was the 2004 edition of the Anaheim Storm, who two years later are now the Portland LumberJax.

The Rush wrap up their inaugural season on Good Friday with a third consecutive tangle with the Jax. Jason Clark was the lone bright spot for Rush as he managed his second straight eight-point game.

Clark had a two-goal, six-assist effort on Friday and followed that up with a three-goal, five-assist performance yesterday.

"It's always nice to have individual success but I'd much prefer a win for the team," said Clark.

TWO SHORTHANDED GOALS

The first quarter belonged to the Rush as shorthanded goals by Tyler Heavenor and Trent Smalley paced them to their largest lead in franchise history and chased Jax starting goaltender Matt King. The Rush scored on their first shot against backup Dallas Eliuk, but from that point on whatever was going well for the Rush in opening period fell apart in the second.

"Everything went right in the toilet. They went on that run and the game was over," said Stobart, who also scored in the first period.

"We were being aggressive and running with the ball and moving the ball around then we just went away from that."

The Jax put away six goals before the second quarter was halfway through and outscored the Rush 5-1 in the third.

Peter Morgan, who had five goals and two assists on Friday, lit up the Rush again with four goals and three assists.

QUICK STICKS: The roster-depleted Rush had Chris McElroy play despite back spasms and he left the arena on crutches.


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