Roughnecks drill Rush

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Nothing like humiliating a team from Edmonton when it comes to the Battle of Alberta.

Last night, the Rush were hammered 22-10 by the Calgary Roughnecks in a laugher at Rexall Place. The loss was the worst in Rush franchise history.

The Roughnecks scored on their second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh shots, jumping out to a 5-0 lead and essentially putting to rest any question of what the outcome would be. Perhaps the three bikini-clad girls located in a hot tub behind the Rush net provided too much of a distraction for the Edmonton goalie.

"We got off to a good start," understated Roughnecks head coach Troy Cordingley, whose club improved to 7-2 on the season. "The first five goals, I thought, were well-placed goals. And then their goalie just wasn't on his game tonight and we kept going from there. Obviously, they didn't have a good night. They're a much better team than that."

For the Rush, it truly was Friday the 13th.

"Right off the start, we were bad and they're a very good team to be bad against," said Rush head coach and GM Bob Hamley. "After that, they just piled on and piled on. We didn't compete for anything in the first half and I asked them to compete in the second half where they were a little better, but it just wasn't good enough."

At halftime, the Roughnecks led 14-3 as Scott Ranger and Dane Dobbie had each scored four goals, while Kaleb Tothh and Josh Sanderson added a pair. Tracey Kelusky had the other.

Dobbie finished the game with seven goals and tied the franchise single-game record of 11 points. Ranger had 10 points and Sanderson nine.

Callum Crawford, Dan Teat and Mike Hominuck countered for the Rush, who were out-shot 33-19 through the first 30 minutes.

With the game out of reach, the Rush came out in the second half and responded the only way they saw fit: Starting a line brawl off the opening draw.

Chris McElroy, Ryan McNish, Shayne Bennett, Jamie Floris and Jimmy Quinlan jumped Jeff Shattler, Scott Carnegie, Kyle Couling, Devan Wray, and Mike Kilby.

All the players involved with the exception of Wray were thrown out of the contest, as was Hamley, who was probably fortunate not to have to watch the rest of the debacle.

"That was just grasping at straws, that's what that is," Cordingley said.

"We dominated tonight, we played very well. We have respect for our opponent, and that's all I can say about that."

Hamley said the brawl was not planned.

"We asked the guys to go out and compete, there was nothing premeditated about (the brawl)," Hamley said.

"We had two offensive players on the floor, but they kicked me out for premeditation. I don't understand that. I asked them to compete, they have to prove they want to stay here and I just asked them to compete."


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