Stealth bombers

JOHN SHORT, SPECIAL TO THE EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Andrew Burkholder did a tremendous job of living up to his team's name.

The San Jose Stealth forward caught Edmonton Rush goalkeeper Curtis Palidwor with his back turned and scored the key goal from behind the net to spark the Stealth to an 11-9 victory before an announced crowd of 9,388 last night at Rexall Place.

DID IT AGAIN

Burkholder's tally while killing a penalty created a 6-6 tie in the first minute of the fourth quarter. About four minutes later, he did it again - this time from the front of the net.

"These things happen," Rush coach Paul Day said afterwards, obviously concerned more about his team's lack of offensive power than any failures defensively.

"We had a slow start but came back to make it 6-3 for us," he said.

"We had to score then to make it 7-3, but we didn't get it done."

In part, the failure to score may have stemmed from some early penalty trouble. "We had to kill a a five and a two together and we did it.

"It might not have seemed like much at the time, but the effect can be cumulative."

The loss cost Edmonton a chance to move to .500 at the midway point of the season and also killed dreams of a three-game winning streak at home. "We didn't shoot the ball well and that hurts. These guys want to play well here because the support has been terrific."

As usual, Dan Stroup and Chris Gill led the Rush - this time, with three goals each. Ryan O'Connor, Teddy Jenner and Randy Daley shared the other goals.

Although levelled by a hard check in the third period, Jeff Zywicki came back to score a vital goal, his third of the night.

Luke Wiles matched Burkholder's couple and singles were provided by Gary Rosyski, Colin Doyle, Curtis Hodgson and Kyle Sorenson.

Stroup saw a slow stretch of about 13 minutes in the third period as a major element in the loss.

The Rush overcame their slow start - perhaps a result of a 30-minute delay in the start because game officials were delayed by weather in Eastern Canada - but failed to hold the lead.

"We had all the momentum but we couldn't keep it."

STEPPED UP THE PACE

Both teams stepped up the pace dramatically in the dying minutes. "It was a slow game," coach Day said.

Several players went down hard after heavy collisions but he said it was unlikely that injuries had resulted for either team.

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THE GRADES

- OFFENCE: C

- DEFENCE: C+

- GOALTENDING: C

- POWER PLAY: C-

- PENALTY KILLING: B-

- DISCIPLINE: C-

- EFFORT: B

THE SUMMARY

FIRST PERIOD

1. Edmonton, O'Connor 5 (Wulder) 0:17

2. San Jose, Rosyski 15 (Wiles, Doyle) 4:13

3. San Jose, Wiles 14 (Green, Zywicki) 5:54

Penalties - Sedgewick SJ 1:48, Roy E (major) 6:36

SECOND PERIOD

4. San Jose, Zywicki 22 (Wiles, Martin) 2:31

5. Edmonton, Gill 18 (O'Connor) 2:54

6. Edmonton, Stroup 14 (Jenner, Daly) 4:39

7. Edmonton, Stroup 15 (Turner, Quinlan) 7:09

8. Edmonton, Jenner 2 (Daly, Roy) 8:230

9. Edmonton, Daly 7 (Howard, Quinlan) 11:25

Penalties - Hodgson SJ 5:22, Martin SJ 11:25, Sorenson SJ 11:59, Wulder E 13:32, O'Connor E 14:50

THIRD PERIOD

10. San Jose, Zywicki 23 (Green, Martin) 6:23

11. San Jose, Doyle 9 (Rosyski, Wiles) 12:23

Penalties - Holmes SJ 4:16, Sorenson SJ, Jenner E 7:36, Holmes (San Jose bench) 8:35, Daley E (major) 10:13, Guindon SJ (major) 11:45.

FOURTH PERIOD

12. San Jose, Burkholder 2 (Zywicki, Hodgson) 0:34

13. San Jose, Burkholder 3 (Martin) 4:48

14. San Jose, Hodgson 3 (Wiles, Holmes) 5:36

15. San Jose, Wiles 15 (Sedgewick) 7:42

16. Edmonton, Gill 19 (O'Connor, Quinlan) 10:14

17. San Jose, Zywicki 24 (Sedgewick, Rosyski) 10:52

18. San Jose, Sorenson 5 (Cosmo) 11:49

19. Edmonton, Stroup 16 (Wulder) 13:37

20. Edmonton, Gill (Stroup) 14:48

Penalties - Martin SJ 8:50.

Shots on goal:

San Jose 10 13 15 11 -- 49

Edmonton 7 15 14 14 -- 50

Goaltenders - San Jose, Cosmo; Edmonton, Palidwor.

Attendance -- 9,388


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