|Roughnecks Jeff Moleski (R) gives a hit to Rush's Ryan Powell (L) during NLL action between the Calgary Roughnecks and the Edmonton Rush at the Saddledome in Calgary on May 1, 2010. LAURA PEDERSEN/SPECIAL TO THE CALGARY SUN
The Calgary Roughnecks are now a footnote in the Edmonton Rush history book.
In the Rushís first playoff game, it will now say their first win was against the Riggers in a National Lacrosse League playoff battle.
In front of 10,388 spectators Saturday afternoon at the Saddledome, the Rush dominated from start to finish for a 11-7 win thanks to a brilliant performance by goalie Matt Disher.
Dane Dobbie had a hat-trick for the Riggers, while Scott Ranger, Tracey Kelusky, Nolan Heavenor and Kaleb Toth had the others but the Riggers offence couldnít solve Disher despite throwing 67 shots on goal.
Ryan Ward led the Rush offence with two goals and eight helpers, while Dean Hill had a hat-trick. Gavin Prout and Andy Secore each had a pair while Jimmy Quinlan and Corey Small had the others as the Rush move on to play the winner of the Washington Stealth and Minnesota Swarm later Saturday night.
The visitors sure didnít look like a team in its first-ever playoff game when it started.
Prout and Ward converted on early powerplays, then Hillís long shot trickled through Poulin for a 3-0 lead after one quarter.
The Riggers special teams werenít up to the task in the opening frame, as the powerplay went scoreless on two chances.
The Rush continued their strong half in the second quarter, as Quinlan potted his first on a great pass from Ward, and Hill fired home his first to give them a 5-2 lead at the break.
Small and Prout scored in the third quarter after Dobbie cut into the lead, but Kelusky finished off the quarter with his first to make it 7-4 for the Rush heading into the final frame.