Rock, Swarm, Rush Prevail in Playoff Action

"For us to be effective, everybody has to chip in," Ward commented. "When everyone's scoring, teams are dangerous and the opposition can't pin on one guy and that's what happened tonight."

Calgary's Dane Dobbie (3G, 4A), Shawn Evans (2G, 4A), Scott Ranger (4G, 1A) and Jeff Shattler (2G, 3A) provided most of the offense for the Riggers while relief netminder Frank Scigliano was tagged with the loss after spelling Calgary starter Mike Poulin.

The Roughnecks opened the scoring on the power-play 1:21 into the opening quarter before Greer tied the score with a ripper from the 24-foot line at 3:43.

Small put the visitors up 2-1 with a low shot less than two minutes later and Ward continued the run when his shot went through a crowd and past Poulin at 9:02 and then Ward followed that up with a quick-stick from the side of the net for a 4-1 lead just 52-ticks later.

Calgary cut the lead in half before Williams put the Rush ahead 5-2 with a power-play marker at 13:07 and Edmonton's Johnson converted on Codron's pass in transition 49-seconds later to chase Poulin and make it a 6-2 lead going into the second frame.

The Roughnecks' Evans made the score a three goal difference early in the second quarter with the man advantage and Rush captain Quinlan took advantage of a Calgary turnover to restore the four-goal lead at 3:05 with Edmonton up 7-3.

After Calgary's Shattler cut the lead to three goals, Wilson, in transition, doubled the Rush lead to 8-4 and Johnson fired his second of the game, from on top the crease on a delayed call, for a 9-4 lead before the Riggers tallied twice in the last four minutes to trail 9-6 into halftime.

Ranger made it a two-score game early in the third quarter before Edmonton went on a roll when Small connected on a cross-crease pass on the power-play at 2:17 followed by Ward's hat-trick marker 73-ticks later and Johnson continued the Rush run when he notched his third of the game from in tight to make it a 12-7 score.

The clubs traded tallies when Dobbie and then Ward, with his fourth of the game, continued the offensive fireworks and then Ranger notched his fourth marker for a 13-9 Edmonton lead.

After Dobbie made it a three-goal deficit, Edmonton's Lafontaine put a deft shot past Poulin from close-range late in the frame to put the visitors up 14-10 at the end of three quarters.

The scoring slowed down in the fourth stanza until Small sniped his hat-trick goal on the power-play at 9:43 followed by Dobbie's third of the game for a 15-11 Edmonton lead before the floodgates opened with four consecutive Rush tallies in the final four minutes en route to the 19-11 decision.

Rush mush: EDM is 6-20 all-time (including playoffs) vs. CGY ... Rush T Jimmy Quinlan and his wife celebrated the birth of a baby daughter the morning of the game and Quinlan returned to Calgary for the contest...EDM went 3 for 5 on the power-play and 1-4 on the PK ... EDM outshot CGY 57-49... EDM scratched F Scott Evans, T Jesse Fehr and D Eric Lewthwaite.

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2012-05-06



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