January 15, 2010

NLL: Ratcliffe, Stealth Rout Rush in Edmonton

by Matthew Iwanyk | NLL.com

EDMONTON, AB -- The Washington Stealth (2-0) wasted little time to secure their second win in a row defeating the Edmonton Rush (0-1) 15-7 at the Comcast Arena on Friday night. Rhys Duch scored at the 2:48 mark of the first quarter to give the Stealth the early 1-0 lead, a lead which the Stealth never relinquished the rest of the game.

Early in the second quarter Dean Hill of the Edmonton Rush scored to put the Rush back with in one goal, but 30 seconds later Rhys Duch scored his second of the game and the Stealth took over from there scoring nine unanswered goals, a period that went for almost 37 minutes of action. Rush newcomer Gavin Prout ended the scoring drought with 2:25 left in the fourth quarter.

After allowing eight goals in the first half, Rush goalie Matt Disher was pulled in place for his back-up Brandon Atherton. Stealth goaltender Matt Roik stood on his head early, denying any chance for the Rush to tie the game up.

Duch and forward Luke Wiles each had three goals, while Lewis Ratcliff had 6 points for the Washington Stealth. Corey Small of the Edmonton Rush scored his first career NLL goal in his first career game at the 7:56 mark of the opening quarter.

The Edmonton Rush have little time to regroup as they head to Denver to take on the Colorado Mammoth tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. Eastern. The Washington Stealth will get set to go for their third straight win next week as the Buffalo Bandits head to Everett on Jan. 22.

These two teams will not meet again until April 2, when Washington head to Rexall Place in Edmonton.

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