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Fri, Dec 2
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Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
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8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
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15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
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11
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10
Sat, Dec 3
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16
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11
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6
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18
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2
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20:30:00
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Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
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Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
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Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
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Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
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Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
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Halifax
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
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Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
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Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Edmonton Sunday: Rush Deliver 13-7 Win Over Mammoth

The Edmonton Rush (4-2) are now on a four-game winning streak after defeating the Colorado Mammoth (3-3) with a 13-7 home win on Sunday. The Mammoth, who averaged 17.5 goals per game coming into this weekend’s action, were held to just seven goals in both games against the Rush in Week 7.

“Our energy level was phenomenal right from the get-go and for a full 60 minutes,” said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan. “We never took our foot off the gas at all and when we play with that kind of energy on the defensive side of the ball, we’re pretty hard to play against. Considering we played the other night and we lost Chris Corbeil, our captain in the first two or three minutes of the game, it was a pretty good effort from our guys. Other guys stepped up.”

For Colorado, it was an uphill climb for the very beginning. After Edmonton got out to a 3-0 lead, the Mammoth never got closer.

“We ran into a really good defensive team and we didn’t take advantage of our chances,” said Mammoth coach Chris Gill. “When you do that against a great team, you’re going to get seven goals a game.”

After only scoring one second-half goal when these teams met on Friday night, Colorado’s offense struggled to get any quality scoring chances in the first half. Before they registered a shot on net, Edmonton already had 11. Ben McIntosh, Mark Matthews, and Robert Church started the Rush off with a 3-0 lead. John Grant, Jr. got Colorado on the board with a rocket through a screen from long range.

The second quarter wasn’t much better for the Mammoth in terms of scoring chances. Dillon Ward was the best player on the floor for the Mammoth, making some huge saves including one on Jeremy Thompson who ran in on a breakaway. Mark Matthews wired a shot on the power pay to regain Edmonton’s lead. Then, Zack Greer continued with his hot-streak scoring two goals 1:22 apart to make it 6-1 for Edmonton. Grant, Jr. scored a ridiculous goal, faking out every defender in sight, and Adam Jones scored one of the power-play to keep pace with the Rush who out-shot them 32-21 in the first.

Edmonton kept the pressure going with McIntosh scoring once again from the backdoor. The Mammoth got a second half goal much earlier than on Friday when Grant got his hat-trick goal on the power-play. The Rush had 47 shots after the third quarter with multiple multi-shot possessions. One of these possessions lead to Mark Matthews coming off the bench on a delayed penalty, scoring his hat trick goal.

It took Edmonton just ten seconds to score in the fourth quarter when Nik Bilic scored his first of the season right off of the face-off. Zack Greer scored his hat trick goal on Edmonton’s 50th shot of the game. This was Greer’s third straight game with three or more goals. The Rush continued with Jarrett Davis scoring from the back end. Looking to get something going offensively, the Mammoth pulled Ward for an extra attacker, though it backfired as Ryan Dilks shot the ball into an empty net. Adam Jones stopped the bleeding with his second of the game and got another from Sean Pollock, sticking with an extra attacker. Robert Church scored his second of the game and Creighton Reid scored for the Mammoth to get it back.

The Rush controlled the play from the very start with Colorado never getting their 5-on-5 offense going. Despite allowing 12 goals, Dillon Ward posted a .779 save percentage facing 59 shots on goal.

“He was our best player, and he has to be our best player every night,” Gill said. “I kinda feel bad for ‘Wardo’, because they came at him from all angles. They’re so dangerous offensively. To reward him with seven goals on the other end, it’s not very good. It kinda pisses me off to be honest.”

On the other side Aaron Bold allowed just seven goals on 46 shots, posting an outstanding .848 save percentage.

“It was a team effort all weekend,” Bold said. “We bought into our systems and having Keenan back in the dressing room is a big morale boost. I think our conditioning has come a long way. I think it was a lot better for us to bring the energy early in the game because we knew they’d be hungry for first place. It came down to who wanted it more and we outworked them today.”

Bold was quick to mention the role his defense played in keeping the ball out of the net.

“It’s arguably the best defense in the league and everybody boasts on it. They’re always there for me, and when they’re struggling, I try and pick up my game and it’s vice versa. It’s not just the Rubisch’s and Corbeil’s, it’s everybody. We have so much depth on the front as well as the back.”

After a big game Friday night where he put up seven points (4+3), Zack Greer came out strong again on Sunday, putting up six points (3+3). Robert Church was a silent threat for the Rush, tying Greer for the game lead with six points himself (2+4).

“This is the best I’ve seen [Greer] play since he’s been in the league,” Keenan said. “He’s playing with confidence, shooting the ball really well, mixing it up really well, and when he’s moving his feet and attacking, he’s very hard to stop.”

Jarrett Davis has also been an important player for the Rush, playing out both doors for the team on multiple occasions this season. Derek Keenan had nothing but good things about Davis who contributed in every dimension on Sunday.

“He was to me, player of the game,” he said. “Especially when ‘Corbs’ went down, we used him both ways. He’s all over the floor, plays all three zones, and he plays them hard. He makes plays and is one of our true leaders on this team that’s for sure.”

The Rush now sit alone atop the West Division and will wait until February 27 to play their next game against the Toronto Rock who currently have the best record in the NLL.

“Every bye has been welcome,” Keenan said. “Usually not, because the last one we had, we were rolling. We’re rolling now, but we’re banged up too so it’s welcomed. We have a lot of injuries on our back end that need to get better. We got four or five guys that are banged up, playing, it’s nothing that will keep them out, but we have to see how Corbeil is after X-rays. LaFontaine has been out all weekend with a hamstring injury.”

For Colorado, their next game comes next Sunday in Connecticut against the New England Black Wolves.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Zack Greer
2) Aaron Bold
3) Dillon Ward

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

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