Powell finding scoring touch

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Be the ball.

It's something coaches tell players to help them visualize.

But Edmonton Rush head coach and general manager Derek Keenan tried something different with NLL veteran Ryan Powell, and so far it's working.

Powell put forth a dominating performance with four goals and four assists to lead his team to a 14-13 win over the visiting Toronto Rock on Sunday at Rexall Place.

It was a breakout game for the new Rush forward, who entered the contest with just three goals and nine assists in his previous five outings.

"That was big; he's really struggled and we talked this week about him playing more without the ball," Keenan said.

"He had four goals, and they were all without the ball. They weren't going one-on-one, going underneath, they were him going to the net hard without the ball.

"He just played his ass off there, really."

And it couldn't have come at a better time.

"Last week in Toronto was pretty embarrassing," Powell said of a 16-7 loss leading up to Sunday's rematch. "I think we kind of got called out a little bit."

Individually, Powell has left no questions after Sunday.

"I've been struggling a little bit this year, there's no doubt about that," he said.

"Coach wanted me to focus on some different things and I was doing some stuff without the ball on my stick.

"Early on in the season, I was trying to do a little too much with the ball on my stick so I got away from that and started setting some picks. All four goals were actually off-ball. This is a huge win for our team, obviously, to stay above .500 and beat a good team like Toronto."

The Rush put an end to a two-game losing skid after getting off to the best start in club history at 3-1.


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