A couple of hours after arriving in Edmonton, Mike Hominuck made a big impression.
Hominuck and fellow newcomers Brendan Thenhaus and Lindsay Plunkett had a stellar night in a 10-9 overtime win over the Rochester Knighthawks at Rexall Place last night.
"I guess we turned out to be pretty good additions to the team," laughed Hominuck.
"This was a good trade for the team. We can't think anything less than winning right now."
Hominuck's third goal was the overtime winner and he added an assist. Plunkett scored one goal and added an assist, as did Thenhaus.
Plunkett came from the Chicago Shamrox as part of the three-team blockbuster trade between the Rush, Chicago and Philadelphia. The Shamrox are currently last in the NLL's East division.
"Things weren't going well in Chicago. I have played with Bob (Hamley) before and I love his style of coaching," said Plunkett.
"It's good to be on board and I am definitely excited. The team didn't get off to a great start, but I think we can pull together a big second half."
Plunkett brings boatloads of experience to the Rush. Over his career, he has played for five different teams.
"I am definitely well-travelled," laughed Plunkett, who's played for Arizona, Buffalo, Ottawa, Chicago and now Edmonton.
"But my experience over the years is a big thing that I can bring to this team."
Rush head coach and general manager Bob Hamley was certainly impressed with the effort of his new guys. He's been around the NLL a long time and it can be difficult to fit right in so quickly.
"A lot of credit has to go to those guys, they have only been here basically 24 hours," said Hamley.
"A guy like (Mike) Hominuck, he's a great player and he'll be here a long-time.
"We are fortunate to have these guys. They all bring us some things that are different and they were a big help in our win tonight and we just got to continue playing the way we are."