Gill has lived up to what Rush had hoped for

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

SAN JOSE -- Chris Gill was one of the key players the Edmonton Rush were banking on to turn their fortunes around.

So far this season he's been money.

The National Lacrosse League veteran went into last night's game against the San Jose Stealth having scored six the night before in Calgary.

It helped pace the Rush to a 13-12 victory over the Calgary Roughnecks, setting up last night's all-important game against the Stealth.

"We brought him here to score goals," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day.

"At the halfway point of this year he had more goals than anybody on our team had all year last year."

Heading into last night's contest Gill, 35, had 33 goals and 22 assists in 13 games.

He needed two goals to reach 300 for his career and was two points away from 500.

"He's a great leader," Day said. "In Calgary he talked about playing for the Roughnecks before - and we have several guys who have - and he brought that up as motivation."

Gill, a native of Vancouver, B.C., was acquired by the Rush in a trade before the start of the season.

Last year he was a member of the NLL champion Colorado Mammoth where he scored 29 goals and had 16 assists in 16 games.

"I was just in the right spot at the right time," Gill said of his six goals against Calgary.

"I got to a couple of loose balls and I got hit in the back by a shot.

"Then I picked it up and put it in the net.

"The guys also fed me well when I was open in the crease.

"It wasn't an individual thing, it was a total team effort."


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