Rush defence stingy

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Defensively it was the best effort in franchise history.

Yesterday the Edmonton Rush earned their first road victory of the season with an 8-6 win over the Chicago Shamrox.

The win rejuvenated fading post-season hopes and put the Rush within striking distance of the final playoff spot in the National Lacrosse League West Division.

"Coming off a disappointing effort last week in San Jose, I thought we played pretty well all weekend," said Rush head coach and GM Paul Day.

"We controlled both games. Against Chicago, we controlled three quarters and we played really well. Obviously we are pretty happy with the win, but we still have to be better in the fourth quarter when we are up."

The Rush went into the contest off a last-minute, one-goal loss to the New York Titans the night before.

The loss was especially tough to take considering Edmonton had built a 5-0 lead in the first quarter. Yesterday the Rush also build a five-goal lead, heading into the halftime break up 7-2.

"I do not think we did too much differently against Chicago, except we possessed the ball a bit more," said Rush forward Jimmy Quinlan.

"Against New York we turned the ball over and gave them more opportunities. Defensively we also made better decisions at crucial times."

Quinlan and Chris Gill each scored a pair of goals for the Rush. Dan Stroup was credited with three goals.

Jamey Bowen had the other and also added four assists. Rush goaltender Curtis Palidwor made 43 saves.

The win pulled the Rush to within a win of the San Jose Stealth and two wins of Calgary in the chase for the final two playoff spots.

"Everything is now a must win," Bowen said. "But the good thing is that it is all in our hands. If we run the table we should be in the playoffs in the West."


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