One for the ages

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

Bob Hamley looks like a genius.

He takes over the Edmonton Rush and guides them to their first victory of the season, then he pulls off two trades, one being a blockbuster just 12 days on the job and the three players he acquired were a big part in the Edmonton Rush's biggest win in franchise history.

Mike Hominuck, Lindsay Plunkett and Brendan Thenhaus combined for eight points, led by a Hominuck hattrick to beat the defending NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks in a thrilling 10-9 overtime victory.

Hominuck also played the role of hero with the overtime winner just 1:13 into the extra session.

"This is a big win for our franchise," said an excited Hamley moments after the win. I just love the ownership and the management we have here and I just want to win for them. This is a very proud moment for all of us."

Rochester boasts arguably the best lacrosse player in the world in John Grant Jr. and the Rush made life miserable for him and the rest of his posse. They contained Grant to just three goals: he struck midway and late in the first quarter, but then didn't find the back of the net until early in the fourth.

"We tried to make it tough for them. Troy (Bonterre), he's a big body and he's got great feet and him and Rory (Glaves) did a great job on him, he was clearly frustrated," said Hamley.

"You're never going to shut him down, but we limited his damage and we did a great job on the Evans brothers and that was key, too."

Thenhaus opened the scoring just 2:51 into the contest, but Mark Lyons, Scott Evans and Grant replied for three in a row to give Rochester a 3-1 first quarter lead.

Plunkett added his first in a Rush uniform and Jimmy Quinlan scored two goals early in the second to tie it back up, but Scott Ditzell, Pat Cougevan and Evans gave Rochester a 6-3 lead at the half.

That's when Hominuck took charge. He scored the first goal of the half, an early goal in the fourth and then the OT winner.

"It's all surreal right now. I wanted to do everything I possibly could," said Hominuck.

"I didn't feel so good in the first half, I was out of sync, but I kept working and the balls started to go in for me."

The Rush fell behind at home at the half twice this season, but couldn't find the resolve to make the comeback. Somehow, the Rush limited one of the highest scoring offences in the NLL to just three goals in the second half.

Bonterre, Glaves and goaltender Curtis Palidwor's 32 saves were a big reason for that.

"We worked well together, we communicated very well and that was the key," said Bonterre.

"We did a perfect job communicating. If he lost him, I got him, and if I lost him, he got him."

Hominuck, Quinlan and Dan Stroup all scored in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback. Stroup's power-play goal came with just 1:19 remaining, but Shawn Williams scored his first of the game just 29 seconds later after Rush defender Cam Bergman negated another Rush power play.

With the loss, Rochester drops to 4-5 this season.

"They are in a battle in the East and, I have done this as a coach, you look at the schedule and you go tick, tick, tick. I am sure they had us ticked off as a win, and it didn't work out for them," said Hamley.

Since being named head coach Hamley has guided the Rush to two victories in three games.

"I am just thrilled for everybody," said Hamley.

"I am just one piece to the puzzle, those guys went out and shot and scored and checked and I was happy to be a part of it."

Notables: The Knighthawks were making their first ever appearance in the province of Alberta ... This was the first overtime game of the season for the Rush, the second for Rochester. ... Former Knighthawk Mike Accursi had two assists in his first game against his former team.


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