This one goes to 11: Rush extend winning streak with 14-5 win over Bandits, Roughnecks down Stealth 13-8
The Edmonton Rush just keep on rolling, winning their 11th straight game to start the season. Much like they did in their last game, the Rush simply took control of what was a close contest into the second quarter as they dumped the Buffalo Bandits 14-5 at Rexall Place in Edmonton Friday night. The score was 4-4 after 18 minutes and 15 seconds, and it looked like the East Division-leading Bandits may be able to stick with Edmonton. But the home team clamped down in their defensive zone, scored 4 goals in four minutes of the second quarter and never looked back.
A trio of Rush players recorded hat tricks: Curtis Knight, Zack Greer and Adrian Sorichetti, who recorded the first 3 goals of his NLL career in just his second game. Greer added 3 assists while Mark Matthews led all scorers by potting a goal and adding 6 assists. Aaron Bold faced just 38 shots in the Edmonton net and stopped 33 of them for an .868 save percentage.
The game was a back and forth affair in the first quarter. With the referees calling the game very tight, Edmonton took advantage of three power plays to score twice with the man advantage, once by Knight and once by Robert Church. Buffalo got one back when Steve Priolo lumbered down the floor, wasn’t picked up closely by either of the Rush players near him, so fired a shot that beat Bold for the Bandits league-leading eighth shorthanded goal of the season. Aaron Wilson and Joe Resetarits added even-strength markers to put Buffalo ahead 3-2 after one quarter.
After the game reached 4-4 with 3 goals in the first few minutes of the second, Edmonton just took over. They outshot the Bandits 17-5 in the quarter and the play was as one-sided as that statistic suggests. The Rush scored 5 unanswered goals the rest of the way to lead 9-4 at the half.
Buffalo was much more competitive in the second half but just couldn’t get the ball past Bold when they were able to create scoring chances. Greer started his natural hat trick with the only goal of the third quarter then really put the game away with a pair in the first three and a half minutes of the fourth. John Tavares scored a goal in the fourth quarter, the Bandits only one of the second half. Earlier in the game, an assist gave him 1,700 points for his storied NLL career, far ahead of anyone else who has played in the league.
In the late game last night, Calgary opened up an 8-0 lead over Vancouver then held on to down the Stealth 13-8 in Langley. Dane Dobbie (4g, 4a) and Curtis Dickson (3g, 4a) had big nights to lead the Roughnecks, who improved to 7-5 and solidified their hold on second place in the West Division, 2.5 games ahead of Colorado.
The shots were fairly even in the first half, but Calgary was able to generate higher quality scoring chances and made the most of them, while Vancouver simply couldn’t beat Mike Poulin in the Riggers’ net until Lewis Ratcliff broke the shutout 10:43 into the second quarter. It was a strange goal. Ratcliff shot from the high shooter’s spot. The ball hit the floor near the far post and ricocheted high and far from the net, looking like it had bounced off the post. The officials indicated a goal, however, and Roughnecks’ coach Curt Malawsky elected not to challenge the call.
After Matt Roik replaced Tyler Richards in the Vancouver goal, the game was quite even. Roik stopped 30 of the 36 shots he faced and the Stealth outscored the Roughnecks 8-7 in the final three quarters, but they weren’t able to make up the early deficit. Poulin was excellent for Calgary with 45 saves on 53 shots and he weathered the storm in the fourth quarter when Vancouver fired 21 shots at him but were only able to score three times. Ratcliff led the Stealth with 3 goals and 3 assists and Rhys Duch added 2 of each. Daryl Veltman also had 2 and 2 for Calgary.
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