The Edmonton Rush completed a weekend sweep of the Vancouver Stealth with a blow out win Saturday evening at Langley Events Centre in front of 3,365 disappointed Stealth faithful.
After an exciting overtime thriller on Friday back in Edmonton, the Rush made sure there would be no extra time tonight. Although Edmonton got off to a slow start they managed to eventually take command of the game and clinch themselves a playoff spot.
Former Rush player Corey Small opened the scoring early in the game for the Stealth only to have Ben McIntosh tie it just over a minute later. The teams traded goals until midway through the second period, which saw Edmonton pull away with an 8-4 halftime lead.
From that point on the Rush never looked back, they played with confidence and were never threatened by the Stealth. Robert Church and Zack Greer scored at will and kept the home team from mounting a comeback.
Church had 5 goals and 4 assists for a franchise record nine points, while Greer also had an outstanding game with 4 goals and 3 assists for a seven point night.
The Rush proved that Friday’s dismal first half performance was just a fluke and showed the Stealth and the rest of the NLL that they are a team to be taken seriously in the playoffs.
Edmonton next plays another home and home series against high scoring Shawn Evans and the rest and his Calgary teammates beginning on Friday in Calgary. The Roughnecks are in a battle with the Vancouver for the last playoff position.