RYAN POWELL: NLL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Edmonton, AB– For the third time this season, a member of the Edmonton Rush has earned a weekly award from the National Lacrosse League.
Forward Ryan Powell captured the NLL’s Offensive Player of the Week Award today for his eight-point effort that paced the Rush to an all-important 14-13 victory over the Toronto Rock this past Sunday at Rexall Place.
Brodie Merrill (Transition Player of the Week) and Brett Mydske (Rookie of the Week) were the Rush’s previous NLL award recipients this season after their performances in the team’s 14-11 win over the Calgary Roughnecks in Week 5.
Powell’s prowess also earned him a spot in the Rush record book as he equaled the franchise mark for points in a single game. The record is also jointly held by four other players – Chris Gill, Ryan Benesch, Andy Secore, and Ryan Ward, who put his name in the team record book earlier this season. The Syracuse University grad now has seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points on the season.
Powell scored a pair of first-half goals and then sparked the Rush to a lead they would not surrender by notching two more goals less than two minutes apart early in the fourth quarter. The 31-year-old, who joined the Rush in an off-season trade with Colorado, also picked up four assists in the game, helping out on both of Brodie Merrill’s goals as well as a marker by Gavin Prout and the first two National Lacrosse League goals by rookie Dane Stevens.
Powell, who spent the last four seasons with the Portland Lumber Jax playing under current Rush head coach Derek Keenan, edged out four players for the weekly award including former Rush Callum Crawford. It was Crawford who went to Colorado in exchange for Powell in the off-season trade.
The Rush are on the road this week in Rochester. They face the Rochester Knighthawks, Saturday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. MST. Fans can watch the game live at www.nll.com