Rush falter at home

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Colorado Mammoth did what they could to keep their playoff hopes from becoming extinct with a 14-10 victory over the Edmonton Rush Friday night at Rexall Place.

Mammoth forwards Brian Langtry and Jamie Shewchuk, from Edmonton, combined for nine goals and 16 points to win their first game without the necessity of overtime.

In their second home loss of the year, the Rush looked about as organized as a modern, stone-age family as they trailed the Mammoth 4-2 after the first quarter.

A pair of goals on back-to-back shifts by Corey Small put the Rush ahead 2-1 midway through the opening frame, but it was the last lead they would see.

Mammoth forward Langtry had a mammoth start to the game with a hat-trick performance to put his side up by two heading into the second.

But the buzzer didn’t slow down his production at all as Langtry weaved his way around the Rush defence and fell to the floor for his fourth goal in an 11-minute span.

Rush scoring leader Ryan Ward stopped the bleeding with some fancy steps and a head fake on an ensuing power play to trail 5-3.

But Langtry wasn’t done, setting up teammate Alex Gajic who finished off with a behind-the-head, one-handed goal.

Brandon Atherton was pulled from his first start of the season after letting in his seventh goal on 15 shots, after Chad Culp put the Mammoth ahead 7-3 with 11 minutes to go in the half.

It was a reversal of situations last week that saw regular Rush starter Matt Disher get pulled for Atherton, who came in in relief to back stop a pair of overtime victories.

The change energized the Rush offence as forward Gavin Prout overhanded a catapult for his first of two goals against his former team to pull within three before Rory Glaves scored on a breakaway and Ryan Powell pulled the home team within one.

But that was as close as they got before Derek Malawsky gave the Mammoth an 8-6 lead heading into the second half.

The third quarter continued to be an Achilles’ heel for the Rush, as Scott Stewart scored a short-handed marker in the first five minutes to pull back within one.

Shewchuk scored his second of the night for the Mammoth on a diving shot seconds before Malawsky scored his second to take a 10-7 lead. Shewchuk rounded off his hat-trick with six minutes left in the third, just 18 seconds before John Gallant took a cross-crease pass and put the Mammoth ahead 12-7.

Ryan Powell had a hotly contested diving goal of his own with three and a half minutes left before Small made his hat-trick a minute later after scooping up a rebound off a wide Merrill shot. Andy Secore dumped in a goal from behind the net that Mammoth goalie Chris Levis didn’t even see to trail 12-9 heading into the final frame.

Shewchuk and Langtry put the Mammoth ahead by four before Atherton got hooked.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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