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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
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
Buffalo
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
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
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
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
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
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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Feel The Rush: Edmonton Handles Vancouver, 19-7

After being challenged this week by their general manager and head coach Derek Keenan, the Edmonton Rush (5-4) answered the call by dominating the Vancouver Stealth (4-5) with a 19-7 home win at Rexall Place, and now sit alone atop the West Division.

“The challenge was ‘let’s go back to being a tenacious team, to putting that compete level to the highest that we can,'” Keenan said postgame. “And I think we did tonight, we really answered the bell.”

The Stealth scored 21 goals against the Minnesota Swarm last week, but could not reproduce that success against Edmonton’s physical defense.

“Offensively, we didn’t adjust to their pressure,” said Stealth head coach Dan Perreault. “Edmonton came at us hard defensively, they pressured us and we played on our heels. We turned the ball over far too many times and basically you just look at our shots on net, we weren’t getting any quality shots on net at all.”

Though the Stealth has showed they can put the ball in the net, they have allowed 20 goals in a game twice this season and now one 19-goal game after Saturday night’s contest.

“We have to look defensively, we have to improve, because obviously you can’t give up that many goals and expect to win games in this league,” Perreault added.

The Rush defense found its form early, holding Vancouver to just five shots in the first quarter. On offense, the Rush cut through the offensive zone with speed, not allowing the Vancouver defense to track them very well. Tyler Melnyk opened the scoring with his first NLL goal on his first shift in the pros.

“My first shift there, no one came and picked me up, I couldn’t believe it,” said Melnyk. “I was just standing there pretty much on the crease, 1-on-0 with the goalie. After that, obviously, I got a couple lucky bounces go my way. Beginners luck I guess!”

The Rush led 4-1 after getting a goal from Ben McIntosh and two from Mark Matthews. Joel McCready scored Vancouver’s only goal of the first frame.

It only took 30 seconds of the second before Rhys Duch scored to give the stealth their second goal. The Rush regained its two-goal lead when Jeremy Thompson scored his fourth of the season moving up the ball on the power play. Chris Corbeil followed that with a shorthanded goal, and Zack Greer scored his first of the night giving the Rush a 7-2 lead. Tyler Digby and Ilija Gajic scored back to back bringing the Stealth within three. The comeback wasn’t about to start there as Edmonton ended the half with goals from Church and Melnyk.

The first career game for Melnyk continued to be eventful as he registered his first NLL hat trick. Edmonton’s offensive onslaught continued with goals from Matthews, and Thompson before Justin Salt stopped the bleeding; however, the Rush kept up the pressure. Conway, Matthews, and Chris Corbeil all scored giving the Rush a 16-5 lead. At the end of the third quarter, the Stealth had only put up 23 shots on goal.

Melnyk scored to open three of the game’s four quarters and the fourth was one, scoring his fourth of the game and his career to give the Rush a 12-goal lead. Melnyk finished his professional game with five points (4+1).

“It’s nice to have [Melnyk],” Keenan said. “Riley Loewen is banged up right now, and you’ve got a kid who has worked really hard in practice over the week, comes in doesn’t say a lot, just minds his own business, does his work, you get him in and he scores four. It’s pretty special. He’s a good player. He can play obviously so it’s great to have that kind of depth.”

Corey Small, who lead his team in shots with 11, scored his first against his new team to give the Stealth their first of the quarter. Rhys Duch scored right after on Tyler Carlson who saw some time at the end of the game.

This was a record-breaking game for the Rush. In assisting Ben McIntosh’s goal, Mark Matthews set a franchise record for most points in a game with nine (4+5). Robert Church’s marker after that gave them 19, another franchise record.

“I thought we executed our offense really well, said Keenan. “We asked them to move the ball better, move the ball more, work harder in terms of their through-the-middle play, and we worked middle-out a lot, and we had success with it.”

The Rush out-shot the Stealth 65-36, the numbers that best tell the story of this game.

Rhys Duch led the Stealth with five points (2+3), while Corey Small had three points (1+2) against his former squad.

Edmonton goaltender Aaron Bold stopped 22 of the 28 shots he faced for a .786 save percentage.

Key West Division matchups continue for the Stealth with its next two games against the Colorado Mammoth. For Edmonton, next week holds a visit to Toronto to face the league-leading Rock on Saturday live on TSN3 & WatchESPN.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Tyler Melnyk
2) Mark Matthews
3) Jeremy Thompson

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

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