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Rush move in on home playoff spot with win over Knighthawks

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The Canadian Press
4/14/2013 6:37:34 PM
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EDMONTON -- Zack Greer had four goals and four assists as the Edmonton Rush took a step closer to securing their first home playoff spot in franchise history with a 14-10 victory over the defending NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks on Sunday.

Jarrett Davis added four goals to go with two assists for the Rush (9-6), who moved into sole possession of first place in the NLL West, one game up on both Washington and Calgary.

Alex Turner had two goals for Edmonton, with Corey Small, Mark Matthews, Curtis Knight and Cory Conway also scoring. The win improved the Rush's home record to just 2-5.

Stephen Keogh, Dan Dawson and Joe Walters all had two-goal games for the Knighthawks (7-8), who have lost two of their last three. Mike Accursi, Cory Vitarelli Johnny Powless and Cody Jamieson also scored for Rochester.

Rochester started the scoring three minutes in as Powless made a beautiful behind-the-back pass in front to Keogh, who beat a surprised Aaron Bold in the Edmonton net.

The Hawks were up 4-0 on just five shots on net by the midmark of the opening frame on goals by Accursi, Dawson and Vitarelli. Brodie MacDonald came in to replace Bold in the Rush net.

The move seemed to spark Edmonton, which roared back with two power-play goals on Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc by Small and Greer to make it 4-2 after the first.

Momentum continued to reverse course in the second quarter as the Rush tied the game 4-4 on Greer's second of the game followed by a goal six minutes in by Davis.

Rochester was frustrated late in the second as it had two goals called back on crease violations and hit a post to keep the game tied at the half.

Edmonton took its first lead two minutes into the third quarter on the second of the night by Davis, a former Knighthawk.

Rochester got one back before the Rush went ahead 7-5 on quick goals by Davis and Matthews.

The teams traded goals twice late in the third before Turner scored his second of the contest to make it 10-7 for Edmonton heading into the fourth quarter.

The Rush came flying out to start the final quarter as Greer scored his hat trick goal and Davis his fourth of the game to make it 12-7.

Rochester scored two quick goals midway through the fourth to make it interesting, but Greer scored his fourth of the game with four minutes left to make it 13-9 and put the game out of reach.

Both teams close out regular season play next Saturday as the Rush play host to the Calgary Roughnecks and the Knighthawks travel to Buffalo.

Notes: It was just the sixth all-time meeting between the two teams, with Edmonton holding a 3-2 edge coming in to the game. Of course, the biggest win in the overall series belongs to Rochester, who came back from a 5-1 deficit in last years National Lacrosse League championship game to defeat the Rush 9-6. Edmonton won the previous meeting in Rochester this year 11-9. ... Edmonton 2012 first overall draft pick Mark Matthews tied the club record for most goals in a single season. Chris Gill currently shares the mark of 37 set in 2006a The Rush set franchise record for shots on net and goals in a season in the game.

Zack Greer  (Photo: Cristan Anderson)

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(Photo: Cristan Anderson)
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