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DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

For the most part, the pre-game pep talk from Dennis Rodman worked.

But the Edmonton Rush probably could have used another one heading into the fourth quarter.

The Rush stormed out of the gate last night, then had a last-second tying goal waved off as they fell 13-12 to the Calgary Roughnecks in front of 10,702 fans at Rexall Place.

"We took some penalties in the second half that hurt us," said Rush head coach and GM Paul Day. "It came back to haunt us. You can't score one goal in the fourth quarter and expect to win in the NLL."

SPECIAL ATTRACTION

Rodman, the former NBA bad boy, was the special attraction at last night's contest. But after the game all the talk was on Dan Stroup's disallowed goal as time expired.

"I just quickly saw the replay and it looked okay," said Stroup. "But the referee was right there and I guess he had a good angle on it."

With two seconds left in the contest Stroup took the ball behind the Roughneck net, jumped out front and fired it into the corner.

The goal was waved off as Stroup was deemed to have had a foot in the crease.

"That's the ref's call," Day said. "Even though I saw it on the replay, it was pretty close and it probably was a good call."

The Rush jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the game as Jimmy Quinlan, Jason Wulder and Stroup, with a pair, scored for the Rush.

Quinlan, who scored five goals in the Rush's opening- night victory last week over Philadelphia, picked up right where he left off. Quinlan had three goals by halftime as the Rush went into the break up 8-5.

Stroup had three goals.

DIDN'T CAPITALIZE

"We had our chances, we didn't capitalize and they did," Stroup said. "We just had to bury and build on our two, three, four goal leads, but we couldn't do that tonight."

Calgary coach Chris Hall admitted it was a significant win for his team.

"We needed that win," said Hall. "It was a very important win for us. We did not want to start 0-2."

After conceding the first four goals of the game, the visitors scored the next three. In the third quarter, the Roughnecks cut into the Rush lead, trailing by a pair of goals entering the fourth.

An early goal late in the final quarter made things interesting. Then Jeff Shatter tied the game with 8:59 left in the contest. Kaleb Toth gave the Roughnecks the lead with 5:33 left on the clock. Wulder responded for the Rush 22 seconds later to tie things up again.

Devan Wray got the winner with 2:45 left.


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