Rush win in Everett

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:28 AM ET

EDMONTON - Brett Mydske is already off to the NLL All-Star game for his defensive prowess.

But Saturday night, the Edmonton Rush defender flashed his offensive side with a second-quarter hat trick that pushed his team to a 15-14 win over the Washington Stealth.

“It’s good to see him get recognition,” said Rush head coach Derek Keenan, noting Mydske also got chosen to play for Team Canada in the upcoming World Indoor tournament. “He’s a young guy, still he seems to get better and better every week.”

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In a mirror image of Friday’s game in Edmonton, the Rush were the ones who jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first five-and-a-half minutes this time.

But, just like the previous game, the Stealth opened the second quarter with a 6-4 lead as Rhys Duch involved himself in every goal, scoring two of his own and assisting on all four others.

What Edmonton’s defence lacked in the first quarter, they more than made up for offensively with Mydske, Brodie Merrill and John Lafontaine combined for five consecutive goals before forwards Scott Evans and Corey Small pushed their lead to 11-6.

The Stealth finally answered back when Luke Wiles switched hands on his stick to get an angle on Rush goalie Matt Disher before halftime.

The two sides traded goals in the third quarter, with Rush leading scorer Ryan Ward and Evans balancing Stealth goals by Paul Rabil and Wiles to lead 13-9 heading into the final frame.

Washington made a game of it with goals by Duch and Rabil sandwiched by Dane Stevens and Derek Suddons, until a giveaway by Bill Greer ended up behind Disher complements of Lewis Ratcliffe, who scored back-to-back to trail 15-13 with three minutes remaining.

Another turnover, this time by Mydske, led to Duch’s third goal of the game as the Stealth pulled within one.

“I thought that there was clearly a hit-from-behind on Brett Mydske and they ended up scoring,” said Keenan.

Fortunately, Edmonton was saved by the bell.

“We made it interesting there at the end, but they have a good, talented group of offensive guys and they’re going to get their goals,” Keenan said. “We got one more and that’s what it amounted to.”

The Rush scored on 11 of their 21 first-half shots that saw Stealth goalie Tyler Richards get pulled on two separate occasions. Both times, backup Matt Roik let in the first shot he faced. This time, he was the one getting the sarcastic applause that belonged to Disher on Friday, after allowing the Stealth’s opening two shots in.

Gaining two

Edmonton is now 2-5, gaining two points on their West Division opponents, who all lost to East teams on Saturday.

“We kind of knew that prior to the game because all those games were in the East,” said Keenan. “We reached our objective this weekend.”

Their second win in a row pushed the Rush ahead of the Colorado Mammoth in the standings and out of the league’s basement.

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