Rush contingent was solid

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

The four Edmonton Rush all-stars can hold their heads high.

Dan Stroup, Jimmy Quinlan, Mike Accursi and Chris McElroy didn't win any MVP accolades, but they chipped in wherever they could.

"It's so much fun playing with so many players of that calibre," said Stroup.

"It's my third all-star game and every one of them has been so much fun.

"There is always a lot of pride on the line when you play a game like this, we came out one short, but it was still a lot of fun."

Stroup gave the West a 4-1 lead with a wicked sidearm shot and later added an assist on one of Dan Carey's three goals.

Quinlan earned two assists, and he was on the receiving end of the biggest collision of the night when he was rocked by Rochester Knighthawk Scott Evans.

"There are always a few nerves when you start, but once you get going you can settle down," said Quinlan.

"We tried to make an offer with the East to make the game a little more meaningful, but they turned it down," smiled Quinlan, who played the whole game on defence.

McElroy was making his first all-star appearance and the Rush defender added an assist late in the fourth quarter.

"It was nice to get out there and enjoy yourself and have a few laughs and watch the guys with the nice sticks do some nice trick shots," said McElroy.

Accursi was the only Rush player to not get on the scoresheet, but the Rush's leading scorer was battling a leg injury.

"The fans saw a great game with a lot of highlight-reel goals and that is what the all-star game is all about," said Accursi.

"The last three, four minutes when it was tight, that is when the game was really on, the fancy passes died down and everyone was looking to score a goal."


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