Mammoth defeat

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

There's a reason the Colorado Mammoth are defending National Lacrosse League champions.

It was on display last night in front of 11,065 at Rexall Place.

The Mammoth ran away from the Edmonton Rush in the second half on their way to a 16-9 victory.

"I think we had a good first half and in the second half, offensively we didn't finish," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day. "At the end of day they beat us by six goals in transition, and that was the difference in the game."

The Rush stayed with the Mammoth in the first half, although they could have done a better job of keeping tabs on Dan Carey.

The league's second-leading scorer twice got behind the Rush defence in the first half.

He made them pay on the first occasion, but Rush goaltender Pat Campbell made a great save on the second occasion. Carey finished the first half with a pair of goals and an assist. He added two more assists in the second half.

"That starts in the offensive end," Day said. "If we're shooting the ball from the top of the floor that plays right into Colorado's hands. We didn't do a very good job of getting the ball low. If you lose it low, you're not going to get beat in transition. If you lose it high, they're going to have the numbers on you."

Carey wasn't the only member of the Mammoth to get opportunities in the open floor.

Quick transitional play had Colorado in odd-man rush situations most of the night. They took better advantage of them in the second half.

"I think we played pretty smart and stepped it up in the second half and that was the difference," said Mammoth head coach Gary Gait. "Guys finished when they needed to and we played great defence in the second half."

The Mammoth went into the half-time break up 7-6.

A poor third quarter, however, had the Rush down four goals heading into the final 15 minutes. A goal by Mike Law five minutes into the fourth quarter extended the Mammoth lead to five, essentially putting the contest out of reach.

Carey, Gavin Prout and Edmonton product Jamie Shewchuk led the way offensively for the Mammoth each with a five-point effort.

Randy Daly had a goal and four assists for the Rush while Chris Gill netted three goals and added an assist against his former team.

"Teams that run the ball all night will run it down your throat and take advantage of any mistake you make," said Gill. "That's what their game plan is and they did it to perfection. They crushed us on transition and ran it right down out throats."


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