Rush better in goal now?

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

The disappointment was all over Pat Campbell's face.

You could see it in his eyes.

The Edmonton Rush goalie was determined to have a good outing on Saturday, especially considering a new guy was brought in to challenge fhim.

But Campbell let in the first four shots he faced. He was pulled and replaced by Curtis Palidwor, who stole the show, and for the time being, Campbell's starting spot.

"This hasn't exactly been a storybook start to my season," Campbell said following the Rush's 11-9 win over the Arizona Sting. "Thankfully the team is back on track. I'll contribute any way I can from here on in to see the season through to get to the playoffs. And if that means holding a water bottle and opening and closing the gate, you're looking at the best in the league."

It was a bittersweet night for Campbell. On one hand he was happy the Rush were able to win their second game of the season - one more than all of last year. Yet he had to be bailed out by Palidwor.

"Paddy will bounce back, he's such an easygoing guy," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day.

"We're pretty lucky to have two goalies that have two totally opposite styles. I think whoever's hot is going to be going. I think they both recognize that."

Right now Palidwor is the hot one. He stopped 42 of the 47 shots he faced.

It was an impressive debut for the Vancouver native acquired in a trade with the expansion New York Titans on Thursday.

"To be honest, I think we have two No. 1 goalies," Palidwor said.

"I think that's a huge luxury. I think Paul looked at that too. He wanted to have two No. 1 goalies.

"He now has the ability to play the one who's hot."

Palidwor will get the start on Sunday in Arizona.


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