Secore has power to score

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

Keeping track of power-play goals isn't something that's high on Andy Secore's list of priorities.

But power-play goals definitely are.

The Edmonton Rush forward wasn't even aware that his seven man-advantage markers on the season placed him at the top of his team in the category.

"OK, I didn't realize that stat, no," Secore said, laughing.

Not that it's a laughing matter when it's the very thing that could decide Saturday afternoon's playoff game against the Calgary Roughnecks at the Saddledome.

'DIFFERENT STORY'

"I think it's going to. You look at the last game, it was a one-goal difference actually in overtime," Secore said of a 15-14 loss at Rexall Place where the two sides combined for eight power-play goals on 16 penalties. "Maybe a couple of those other power plays, if we did capitalize on it would have been a different story."

But the moral of making the most of every power-play opportunity never changes. And it's something the fifth-year veteran has had some success with this season.

"That is a bonus," Secore said. "Power plays, any special teams, I think, is huge. You have to capitalize on those opportunities and with the guys we have on our power play any guy is able to put the ball in the net.

'HOT STICK'

"It's just whoever has the hot stick that night we're going to try to get the ball to and I'm just lucky enough it was me a couple of times."

Secore's seven power-play goals were enough to land him in the top-20 of the National Lacrosse League and contributed to a 22-goal, 56-point season -- the third highest on his team.

But goals won't come easy Saturday, not even with a man advantage -- which is bound to happen plenty of times as the two rivals square off.

"It has been a chippy game in the past and I assume it will be the same," Secore said.


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