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WK
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Fri, Dec 2
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Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
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Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
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San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
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Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
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Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
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Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
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
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
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
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
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
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Toronto
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20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
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21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
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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
Philadelphia
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
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21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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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
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Limelight: Rush Shines In Game 1 Win Over Roughnecks, 16-10

The Saskatchewan Rush showed why the defending champs tied for the NLL’s best regular season record as they defeated the Calgary Roughnecks with a 16-10 road win to take a 1-0 series lead in the West Division Finals in front of a crowd of 12,211 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night. With the win, the Rush continued its playoff winning streak against Calgary dating back to last year’s West Finals and won the fifth game against its rivals in 2016 after sweeping the season series, 4-0.

Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan was very happy with how his team handled themselves.

“We played a great 60 minute game,” he said. “Our composure is key. We’re still a relatively young team yet a veteran team when it comes to these battles.”

The top scorers for the Rush were Mark Matthews (2g, 3a), Chris Corbeil (2g, 3a) and Robert Church (2g, 2a) while Ben McIntosh scored four goals as the game’s first star. The Roughnecks leading scorers were Curtis Dickson (3g, 2a), Dane Dobbie (1g, 4a) and Jeff Shattler (2g, 2a).

Saskatchewan got an early lead as Jarrett Davis put one past Calgary starter Mike Poulin just over a minute into the game. Less than 30 seconds later Roughneck rookie Reilly OConnor tied the game. Mark Matthews and Curtis Dickson traded goals before Saskatchewan defenseman Nik Bilic put the Rush ahead 3-2. The back-and-forth first quarter continued as Jon Harnett tied the game with a power play goal. Dickson said he knew it would be a battle because of how important winning game one is.

“They are defending champions and first in the West for a reason,” Dickson said. “You definitely want to get the first one in the back pocket.”

Robert Church was able to put the Rush up with just nine seconds left in the frame as Saskatchewan took a 4-3 lead into the second. Shots were 16-14 in favor of the Rush.

There were a lot of chances early on in the second but nobody was able to get one through. The Roughnecks looked to tie the game but the goal was negated due to a Too Many Men penalty. On the ensuing power play the Rush extended their lead to 5-3 as Ben McIntosh finished off a nice passing play. Wesley Berg was able to snipe one by Saskatchewan starter Aaron Bold as Calgary cut the lead to 5-4. McIntosh got his second of the game to restore the two-goal lead. Keenan praised his offence knowing the Roughnecks were going to play good defense against them.

“I thought we really stuck with it,” Keenan said. “Their defense plays our offence tougher than anybody else in the league.”

Riggers veteran Jeff Shattler took a shot that trickled over the line as Saskatchewan took a 6-5 lead into the second half. Despite being down at the half, Calgary head coach Curt Malawsky thought his offence was doing great.

“I thought we generated some good chances,” he explained. “Their goalie was looking behind him a lot. A couple fortuitous bounces here and there and we’d be up a couple goals.”

The third started fast as Jeremy Thompson scored for the Rush just six seconds in to put the visitors up 7-5. Dane Dobbie got a power play goal and Tyler Digby scored shortly after to tie the game again at 7-7. Dickson scored Calgary’s third straight goal as the Roughnecks took their first lead of the game, 8-7.

Keenan said aside from the three-straight goals, his starting goalie played great.

“I thought he made big saves at big times,” he said. “Every night, he gives you an opportunity to win.”

The quarter would go almost 10 minutes without a goal before Saskatchewan defenseman Brett Mydske tied the game at 8-8. That’s how the quarter would finish as the teams headed into the final frame. Saskatchewan held a slight edge in shots, 36-33.

Church opened the scoring in the fourth quarter netting his second of the game to give Saskatchewan the 9-8 lead. A power play goal by Matthews extended the Rush’s lead to 10-8. The Rush notched their third straight goal as Bilic squeezed one through Poulin on a partial breakaway as Saskatchewan continued to lead 11-8. Malawsky said his team needed to be good on transition, but Saskatchewan got the upper hand in this game.

“They had four transition goals and that changes the momentum. That was one of our keys to the game that we had to control the transition game,” he said. “To their credit, they did.”

Keenan praised his defense saying they came up huge in the later stages of the game.

“Our defense really did a good job taking away their time and space, creating some turnovers, got some transition goals which are always backbreakers,” he said.

Shattler was able to get one back for the Riggers but McIntosh answered right back with his hat-trick goal as the Rush led 12-9 halfway through the frame. Chris Corbeil got in on a dominant quarter by the Rush with a goal of his own as the Rush took a 13-9 lead. McIntosh got his fourth if the game before Dickson potted his hat-trick goal, the Rush continued to lead 14-10. Corbeil and Jeff Cornwall each scored empty net goals as the Rush would go on to take game one in convincing fashion, 16-10.

Calgary’s Jeff Shattler didn’t appreciate the empty net goals.

“When you have a team beat you just pull it out and kill the 30 and dump it in the corner,” the veteran said. “They gave us a lot of hate for next weekend and we’re going to be ready for these guys.”

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Ben McIntosh
2) Aaron Bold
3) Curtis Dickson

By Matt Fetinko for NLL.com. Photo by Candice Ward.

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