Rush a crossbar short

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

The Edmonton Rush came within a goalpost of a .500 record yesterday.

They had to settle for a moral victory instead, losing, 12-11 in overtime, on the road, to the Arizona Sting.

"I think we really challenged well," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day.

"I think it was a good effort from everybody. Special teams were good, our power-play was good and we had a chance to win it with a couple of seconds left."

CROSSBAR

Randy Daly hit the crossbar and then the back of Sting goaltender Rob Blasdell with two second left in the game.

Had the ball found its way in the net, it would have given the Rush their third win of the season.

Instead the game went into overtime where Sting forward Dan Dawson scored the winner 3:01 into the extra frame.

"It was a very, very good, entertaining lacrosse game," said Day.

"There are so many of these games that are one-goal games in the NLL. We were in a ton of them last year."

It's the second time this season the Rush have lost a one-goal heartbreaker. They also dropped a one-goal game to the Calgary Roughnecks in the second week of the season.

Yesterday the Rush battled back from a 9-5 deficit in the third quarter, and held an 11-10 lead with a minute to go in the contest.

However, Lindsay Plunkett scored for the Sting with 44 seconds left in regulation to tie the game.

Then on their last possession of the contest, the Rush pulled goaltender Curtis Palidwor for the extra attacker.

They set up a play for Daly who came within inches of scoring his third game winner of the season.

"I hope this proves to our guys that if we compete for four quarters we can play with any team in this league," said Day.

"This is a good team in Arizona that a lot of people have picked to win it all. This should be a good confidence builder for our group."

Offensively, the Rush were potent on the power play. They scored six power-play goals on eight opportunities. Chris Gill led the way with four goals and a pair of assists on the night.

"He moved really well," Day said. "The guys moved the ball well as well. We had a ton of opportunities on the power play."

OUTSHOT STING

The Rush outshot the Sting 49-47 in the contest.

Dan Stroup and Jason Wulder, each with a pair, Daly, Jamey Bowen, and Chris McElroy - on a great individual effort - also scored for the Rush.

Palidwor made 35 saves in his first start for the Rush. Last week Palidwor entered the game in relief of Pat Campbell and stole the show in an 11-9 win over the Sting.

Yesterday Palidwor was strong again.

"He played really well for us," Day said.

"He made some big saves for us. Defensively we played well too. This is where we want to be. We always want to be at around 10 goals. We gave up 11 in regulation and one in overtime, so defensively we played well.

"We didn't let them get a lot of shots and we kept them from getting a lot of (shot clock) resets."

With the win the Sting improved their record to 5-2, while the Rush fell to 2-3.

On Friday they play host to the Portland LumberJax (7 p.m.) at Rexall Place.

"I think we're progressing well and we're where we want to be every week," Day said.

"Every week we're getting better and better. We're not satisfied where we are, but we're going in the right direction."


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