Edmonton Beats Portland in an Early Western Division Game, 14-5

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2009

Portland already had gone off to a rough start to the season losing to Colorado and Minnesota at home, but they redeemed themselves against Colorado at their place winning 14-5. They came back with a game against the Edmonton Rush and it was not a game that most Portland fans would want to remember.

The first quarter started out peachy for both teams. Portland and Edmonton both scored three goals. For Portland Ryan Powell, Casey Powell's brother, and Peter Morgan would be the only goal scorers. Morgan scored two goals towards the end of the quarter to tie up the game. For Edmonton, Dan Teat would gather two goals and an assist off a Ryan Benesch goal.

The second quarter put down Edmonton because they would fail to score anything allowing Portland to jump up and and take the lead off a Tyler Codrand goal. The game wasn't over yet though, Edmonton would tie it up 6-6 by the end of the third quarter. Chris McElroy helped out scoring a goal with about 39 seconds left in the quarter.

It came down to the fourth. With five minutes left to go Portland was up by one. Then a Ryan Benesch goal tied the game up for Edmonton. The Portland defense was frazzled. It seemed out of nowhere though that Ryan McNish would pick up the game winning unassisted goal to make Edmonton win 11-10. It was a complete breakdown by Portland on both sides.

With the win, Edmonton improves to 1-1 and Portland drops to 1-3.