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Rush eliminated from NLL playoffs with loss to Stealth

The Canadian Press

4/27/2013 11:09:50 PM

EVERETT, Wash. -- The Edmonton Rush blew an early lead and were knocked out of the National Lacrosse League playoffs with a 12-11 loss to the Washington Stealth on Saturday.

The Stealth exploded for seven goals in the third quarter and tied the game 10-10 on a goal 22 seconds into the fourth quarter by Jeff Moleski.

Lewis Ratcliff and Brett Bucktooth then scored power-play goals to put Washington ahead 12-10.

Jarrett Davis cut Washington's lead to one at 9:48, but that's where Edmonton's season ended.

Rhys Duch led the Stealth with four goals and two assists. Athan Iannucci and Tyler Garrison each scored twice, and Mike Grimes added a single.

Corey Small led the Rush with three goals and three assists. Davis and Mark Matthews had two apiece, while Curtis Knight, Jeff Cornwall, John LaFontaine and Alex Turner scored one each.

The Stealth advanced to the West Division Final for the third time in four years, and will face the Roughnecks in Calgary on Saturday. The Roughnecks advanced with a 15-10 win over the Colorado Mammoth.

Washington goaltender Tyler Richards made 41 saves, with Matt Roik taking over for two minutes and two saves in the second quarter. In the Edmonton net, Aaron Bold stopped 36 shots.

The Rush led 4-0 after the first quarter and 7-2 at halftime before the Stealth began their comeback.