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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Defense First: Bold, Rush Shut Down Roughnecks, 10-8

With the score tied 8-8 with three minutes left, the Edmonton Rush regrouped and regained its scoring touch to put away the Calgary Roughnecks with a 10-8 win in Game 1 of the NLL West Finals before a crowd of 7,690 at Rexall Place on Friday night. Click here to watch highlights from the series opener.

The game was exciting down to the last minute with each team refusing to back down. Mark Matthews lead the game with seven points (3+4), but it was late goals from Ben McIntosh and Zack Greer that propelled them to the win.

“I thought Mark was a force tonight,” said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan. “He was very good. We had a good supporting crew around him but he carried the load.”

“Execution-wise, we were pretty good, we could be better,” he added. “I thought we were a little rusty at times but the game could have gone either way. It was even. I thought we battled back, we had a pretty big lead, and it was nice to hang onto that, in the end we made some big plays and I thought we made some big plays with the balls on the turf and we got the results that we wanted from that.

Matthews started the scoring with a howitzer from the restraining line. The Rush continued to push the play with Greer scoring after Matthews did a great job of drawing two Roughnecks defenders towards him. Team captain Chris Corbeil added one in transition to give the Rush a 3-0 lead heading out the first quarter. The Roughnecks had some chances, but a combination of an aggressive Edmonton defense, and sharp play from Aaron Bold kept them off the board.

Matthews continued to be a wrecking ball, charging his way to the Calgary net to give the Rush a 4-0 lead in the second quarter.

“We wanted to start on time, they were coming off the bye week,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky. “We hit a lot of posts early in the game, Boldy was looking behind himself a lot. It could have went either way, but at the end of the day, we were behind. It takes a lot of energy to battle back, and I thought we showed the fortitude that we’ve shown all season long.”

“We battled hard, I think there’s two good teams who are working hard and competing to get to the championship,” said Roughnecks captain Andrew McBride. “I thought we didn’t start on time, and that’s a big thing for us. We talked about it, and we need to do that. We need to be accountable coming out of the gate, because it’s hard to battle back against a team like that, but I thought when we did we really tightened up the reigns, and we were really close at the end. But sometimes when you get behind, you expend a lot of energy trying to chase, and come back, but I think it was a good effort, and it was a good game. We’re going to look at the film, make some corrections, and come back with the last game in our home barn.”

Calgary scored its first goal of the game 5:49 into the second as Curtis Dickson dove across the crease to put the ball past Bold on the far side. Just seconds later, Evans beat Adrian Sorichetti and scored to bring the Roughnecks within two.

With Evans in the box for goaltender interference, Matthews scored his third of the night. Matthew Dinsdale scored another powerplay goal for Edmonton to give them a 6-2 lead. Calgary hoped to get something going before halftime, and got it in the form a Daryl Veltman goal with just two seconds left to go in the second quarter.

Calgary came out stronger in the third, outscoring the Rush 3-1, with goals from Manning, Dobbie, and Dickson. Zack Greer scored Edmonton’s only goal of the quarter as Calgary tightened its defense, and got great play out of Frankie Scigliano.

Tight play continued into the fourth with it taking 6:46 before we saw a goal. After not being able to capitalize on his chances earlier in the game, Riley Loewen finally scored one on the powerplay to give the Rush a two-goal lead once again. Curtis Dickson quickly got it back for the ‘Necks with his third of the night.

With 3:12 remaining, Dane Dobbie cut towards the middle tied the game at eight, but with 2:10 remaining, Ben McIntosh gave Edmonton back the lead, with Zack Greer extending it 43 seconds later. The was controversy around the goal as Greer crossed through the crease before he picked up the ball, though the play was non-reviewable and stood, putting a dagger in the Roughnecks for Game 1.

The Rush have been looking to play a consistent, sixty-minute game thought the season, and Keenan was asked if the achieved that on Friday.

“I thought tonight was pretty close,” he said. “I thought we backed off a little bit on offense in the second half, but then again, they did a great job defensively too so we’ll have to do a few things differently to put a few more in the back of the net next week.”

Frankie Scigliano was huge part of the Roughnecks keeping the game close making multiple five-star saves. Scigliano stopped 35 of the 45 shots he faced, for a .778 save percentage.

“He was phenomenal again, he’s been like that for weeks on end now, and he played great tonight. Can’t fault him at all,” said Calgary forward Curtis Dickson, who had three goals and one assist.

His counterpart, Aaron Bold, was strong too, putting up a .784 save percentage, and making some timely saves himself.

Shawn Evans lead the way for the Roughnecks with 5 points (1+4), while the Rush got support from Zack Greer (3+1), and Matthews Dinsdale who put up four (1+3) points against the team that traded him away at the trade deadline. Dinsdale saw increased minutes with Robert Church being pulled from the lineup with an injury. Church is expected to play in game two of the series.

One loss isn’t about to put down a Calgary team that has excelled in adversity throughout the year to date.

“We’re warriors, we’re competitors,” Malawsky said. “Tonight, they were the better team and they got the result. We’re not going to hang our heads, we’re not going to go looking for excuses, we’ve always manned up. When we were 0-6 we manned up, were 2-8 we manned up, we manned up when we had to go to Vancouver and win, and we manned up in Colorado. We’re going to man-up after this one and go out and compete.”

Game 2 of the West Finals will be played in Calgary next Saturday night, with a 10-minute Game 3 tiebreaker game to follow immediately after if the Roughnecks win, while the Rush can advance to the Champion’s Cup Finals with one win.

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Mark Matthews
2) Aaron Bold
3) Zack Greer

Story by Mike Wilson (@RushBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Dale MacMillan.

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