Rush Collar Bandits; Mammoth Fall to 'Necks in OT

Buffalo,NY--The Edmonton Rush (7-5) extended their winning streak to four games and handed the Buffalo Bandits (5-7) their fourth-straight loss with a 14-7 road win before a crowd of 16,629 at First Niagara Center on Saturday night.

Bandits rookie Dhane Smith opened the scoring 1:37 into the game but the Rush responded with a four-goal run, three scored by Corey Small, in less than five minutes for a 4-1 lead midway through the first quarter. After Buffalo stopped the run, Edmonton scored twice more for a 6-2 lead after 15 minutes of play.

The Rush widened their lead in the second quarter to go into halftime up 9-4 and pulled away by scoring three goals in the final 3:16 of the third quarter to increase the margin to 13-6.

Small finished with a game-high seven points (4+3), Jarrett Davis (1+4) and Ryan Ward (1+4) had five points, and rookies Curtis Knight (3+1) and Mark Matthews (1+3) each added four points.

Buffalo's Alex "Kedoh" Hill, recently acquired via trade from the Rochester Knighthawks before the trade deadline, scored three goals in his Bandits debut while Smith (2+1) and Aaron Wilson (1+2) recorded three points as the team lost their fifth-straight game in "Banditland."

Rush goalie Aaron Bold made 35 saves on 42 shots while Bandits netminder Anthony Cosmo and Kurtis Wagar had 49 stops on 63 shots in the loss.

Edmonton will visit the Toronto Rock (8-3) for a Sunday matinee at Air Canada Centre at 1:00 p.m. MST.

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DENVER For the sixth consecutive time at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, the Mammoth and Roughnecks played a one-goal game. Saturday night's affair was the third straight that went to overtime. Finally, the Roughnecks found a way to win in the extra frame, scoring just 21 seconds in to stop Colorado's two-game winning streak.

"[Curtis] Dickson beat us to the net, and you can't leave him in front of the net; it's as simple as that," said Mammoth head coach Bob Hamley.

Dickson, who entered the action fifth in the NLL with 27 goals, managed just one through the first 57 minutes of the game. He scored twice in 30 seconds to give Calgary an 11-10 lead with 1:55 remaining, its first since the first quarter.

After Mammoth forward Sean Pollock completed his hat trick with an extra attacker on the floor with 38 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 11, Dickson scored on the Roughnecks' first possession in overtime.

The teams combined to score 10 power-plays goal, with neither successfully killing off a penalty until the fourth quarter.

"We had a power-play late and we didn't [score]," said Hamley. "Maybe if we finish on that power-play, it's a different story."

Colorado led, 7-3, at the half, but the Roughnecks outscored the Mammoth, 4-2, in both the third and the fourth.

Jordan McBride, who came in having scored 11 goals in the past four games, paced Colorado with seven points (2g, 5a). John Grant Jr. finished with six points, with all three of his goals coming in the second quarter. Goaltender Tye Belanger suffered his first loss as a starter despite stopping 39 shots.

NLL points leader Shawn Evans had a 10-point night, including an assist on Dickson's game-winner. He factored into the last five goals for the Roughnecks, scoring once and notching four helpers.

Colorado hosts Philadelphia next Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 pm MT on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center on National Western Stock Show Night.


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