Absolute debacle for Rush

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

They probably would have been better off playing the entire game with an extra attacker. It's not like the Edmonton Rush goalies were stopping anything anyway.

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

"Right off the start we were bad and they're a very good team to be bad against," said Rush head coach and general manager 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."

Steve Dietrich, who was outstanding in the season-opening meeting between the two teams, got the start in goal for the Rush and made the first save of the contest. The veteran probably should have savoured it, because he failed to stop much after that.

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 goaltender.

"It just snowballed, we were bad," Hamley said. "There's not much more to say about it. I'm disappointed because we had a good practice this week, we had a good shoot-around, everyone was coming in off a break, so it's disappointing."

Dietrich was replaced by Chris Levis, who didn't fare much better - giving up four goals on eight shots - prompting Hamley to pull a double switch and throw his original starter back into the fray before the end of the first quarter.

Leaving the sanctuary of the bench didn't seem to suit Dietrich too well as he returned in time to give up the 10th goal before the opening quarter mercifully ended.

"We got off to a good start," said Roughnecks head coach Troy Cordingley. "The first five goals I thought were well-placed. And then their goalie just wasn't on his game tonight and we kept going.

"Obviously, they didn't have a good night, they're a much better team than that."

After giving up four more goals in the second quarter, Dietrich got the hook again, this time for good as Levis hopped back over the boards to face the onslaught.

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

Dobbie finished the game with seven goals and 11 points, while Ranger had 10 points and Sanderson nine.

Callum Crawford, Dan Teat and Mike Hominuck countered for the Rush who were outshot 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 except Wray were tossed, including Hamley.

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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