They looked young, fast and energetic, but the end result was all that mattered as the Edmonton Rush fell 10-9 to the Toronto Rock Sunday.
Salvaging some good news from the loss is the fact Edmonton's top two draft picks led the way for Edmonton's offence with three goals and two assists apiece in front of an announced crowd of 6,523 at Rexall Place.
Rush rookie Curtis Knight scored his hat-trick marker with eight seconds left in the third quarter to tie the score 8-8.
But Kasey Beirnes gave Toronto the go-ahead goal with his second of the game before Rock forward Rob Hellyer put the ball over Rush goalie Aaron Bold's left shoulder for some insurance.
With two minutes remaining, Rush super rookie Mark Matthews pushed past Rock defender Mike Hobbins and dove into the crease to pull within one of Toronto's lead with his hat-trick tally.
Toronto earned its first lead of the game midway through the third quarter thanks to Josh Sanderson's second of the afternoon.
Toronto head coach Troy Cordingly was ejected during a scrum between the two sides at the end of the first half.