The Edmonton Rush (2-2) were quick to shake off an 0-2 start to the season, rebounding with back-to-back victories. The Rush defeated the visiting New England Black Wolves (2-2) at home by a score of 18-9 at Rexall Place on Friday night.
The Rush took control of the game early. Ben McIntosh started the scoring in transition four and a half minutes in. Mark Matthews then made it 2-0 sneaking down low and placing the ball into the net from the short side. McIntosh and Zach Greer added two more and Edmonton led 4-0 after one.
New England’s offense picked up in the second quarter. Pat Saunders got the Black Wolves on the board with an outside shot 1:11 into the period on assists from Matt Crough and Kevin Crowley. Edmonton answered back on a Jarrett Davis goal before Saunders scored again making it 5-2.
The Black Wolves drew closer when Sheldon Burns beat Matthews in a race going back into the Edmonton zone and beat Rush goalie Aaron Bold short handed for his first NLL career goal. The teams continued to trade goals with Crowley scoring for New England and Matthews potting two for Edmonton. The Rush went into the half with an 8-4 lead.
Kevin Buchanan scored just 11 seconds into the half for New England, but the Rush quickly answered with McIntosh’s hat-trick goal. His fourth came quickly after while Matthews then scored his fourth of the night on the powerplay to make it 11-5 for Edmonton at the 6:23 mark. The Black Wolves tried to chip away at the Rush advantage as Mark Cockerton and Crowley each scored, Crowley’s goal coming on a 5-on-3 man advantage to keep New England in the game.
Jamie Lincoln scored New England’s third in a row, shooting off of a screen to cut the lead back down to three at the 12:21 mark. Matthews went back and increased the Rush lead with his fifth of the game. Another back and forth was initiated with Brett Manney scoring in transition to end the quarter for New England. Nine goals were scored in the third quarter combined with the Black Wolves shortening their four-goal deficit down to three.
The fourth saw Jeremy Thompson score his first goal of the season and Matthews complete the “sock-trick” with his sixth of the night. Cory Conway and Greer scored back to back as Edmonton opened up a sizable advantage. The Edmonton offense tied the franchise record for most goals scored in a game with a final tally of 18.
McIntosh (4+4) and Matthews (6+2) tallied eight points in the winning effort for Edmonton while Crowley and Saunders each had two goals in the game for New England. Kyle Buchanan and Crough each had three assists in the loss for the Black Wolves.
New England will be back in action on Sunday, February 15th against the Rochester Knighthawks. Game time at Mohegan Sun Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.