Rochester Rallies to Down Toronto and Claim Title

"Coach said, 'you have to play 60-minutes in these games', and we obviously didn't do that," said Greer. "The offense slowed up a little bit in the third and they went on that run and then we got some looks in the fourth but Vino made some good saves and we hit some bars, so credit goes out to him and they buried their chances when they had to and ours didn't go in.

"I'm proud of the our guys, but it's not the way we wanted to end it."

Vinc, with several huge stops in the opening half, kept the game closer than the score looked and helped turn the game around in Rochester's favour with a tremendous performance in the cage.

"It's always a concern coming into a game that a goalie can steal one and perhaps he did it tonight," said Keenan of Vinc's effort. "You know Aaron's (Bold) stole a few for us this year as well, so it can go both ways.

"We weren't able to answer on offense. Keep in mind, we kept a team to nine goals and the best way to answer a run is to score and we just weren't able to.

"You kind of look back and maybe we should have saved a couple of goals for tonight the last two weeks because we put up a pile but fell short tonight," he added.

"I was in the dressing room before the game and the guys so badly wanted to win a championship for Edmonton," said Rush owner Bruce Urban. "To win the city over and win over the hearts of our fans, the small-knit group of loyal people you see at every game. And we need to grow that into a larger group. We badly wanted to win a championship for this city and just didn't get it done."

The Rush opened the scoring 92-seconds into the opening quarter when Greer fired from 25-feet out past Vinc and that would stand as the only tally as Edmonton outshot the Knighthawks 13-6.

Greer made it a 2-0 lead for the visitors on his spinner 2:44 into the second quarter and Corbeil made it a three goal spread with a transition marker two minutes later before Jamieson hit the board for Rochester at 7:13.

Wilson regained the three-goal bulge for Edmonton with his quick-stick tally on the power-play two minutes later for a 4-1 lead and the Rush added to the score with another transition marker as Toll ran the floor and beat Vinc with 2:22 left in the half. Edmonton outshot Rochester 31-11 in the first two quarters.

The Knighthawks turned the tide in the third quarter with a four goal run on markers from Accursi, Powless and Jamieson second two in a row to tie the score 5-5.

Rochester went ahead for the first time in the game on Accursi's power-play marker and Keogh put the 'Hawks up 7-5 less than a minutes later to take the lead into the final quarter.

Powless made it an eight goal run for Rochester three minutes into the fourth frame to move ahead 8-5 and Ward stopped the bleeding by notching Edmonton's first goal in 26:22 with his shot from Vinc's right side at 9:00.

Trailing 8-6 late in the fourth Edmonton pulled Bold for the extra attacker and despite Edmonton's pressure, Rochester weathered the storm and scored a late tally to win the 2012 Champion's Cup.

Despite the loss in the Champion's Cup, it was a dramatic turnaround for Edmonton in 2012 after a series of calculated acquisitions over the past year by Keenan that netted the Rush leading scorer Shawn Williams, goaltender Aaron Bold and defenders Kyle Rubisch and Chris Corbeil along with Aaron Wilson, Tom Johnson, Jeff Cornwall and Steve Toll.

Edmonton was 2-7 midway through the 2012 season and then the Rush went 4-3 down the stretch and two consecutive road playoff wins earned Edmonton a trip to the league final.

The Rush also hold the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NLL Draft after Keenan traded Athan Iannucci to Washington for the Stealth's first-round pick and Paul Rabil. The Rush has another first round selection in the draft, as well.

Rush mush: EDM is 3-2 in NLL playoffs ... EDM went 1 for 3 on the power-play and 0-1 on the PK ... EDM outshot ROC 52-35...F Tom Johnson played in his third consecutive NLL final (EDM and two with WASH)...EDM scratched F Scott Evans, T Jesse Fehr and D Eric Lewthwaite.

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2012-05-20



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