Rush still learning how to win

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

If anything, Friday's loss to the Colorado Mammoth gave the Edmonton Rush an indication of where they stand.

It's obvious there's plenty of work to be done.

"We're a young team in respect to players coming together, we haven't been with each other a long time," said Rush forward Chris Gill. "The guys had a rough one last year - I wasn't here for it - and they might have a tendency to be a little fragile in this league because of what happened.

"We've got some veterans in here now to stir it up and get the energy going. We're ready to play every game, we've got the skill and it's just a matter of playing smarter and being able to get there at crunch time."

Friday's game was the first time this season the Rush were dominated and badly outplayed.

The Mammoth took it to another level in the second half and the Rush couldn't keep up. They were outscored 9-3 in the second half en route to a 16-9 loss.

"We can't be on our heels," Gill said. "We have to be the team that drives it down their throats instead of getting it driven down our throats."

Going up against the defending NLL champions the Rush knew they were going to be in tough. The Mammoth came into the game with a 3-0 record and riding an eight-game win streak dating back to last season. Despite losing two key members of their championship squad in Gill and Dan Stroup, they've kept on rolling.

The Rush, meanwhile, started well, winning their first game of the year, but have since dropped their last two.

"We just came out flat in the second half and they got a couple early goals on us," said Rush captain Andrew Turner. "In the first half they would score and we would answer right away, so we always kept within a goal.

"In the second half they got that two, three-goal spread and we didn't answer. They had a lot of momentum and we just couldn't get it back on our side."

The Rush and Mammoth meet in Colorado on Feb. 3. Then they play four of their next five games at home.


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