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1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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
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
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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
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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
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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
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One Down, One To Go In Rush’s Championship Quest

The foundation has been laid.

Now the last of the season-long labor is all that remains to complete the job. It won’t be an easy last step, that’s for sure, but the Saskatchewan Rush need just one more win to capture their third National Lacrosse League title.

Having come away with a 16-9 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-three NLL Cup Final, the Rush will forge ahead into Game 2 on the Rochester Knighthawks’ home turf this Saturday with the grand prize awaiting them.

“It feels great doing that in front of our home fans. It’s a good start but that’s a great Rochester team and we’ve got a lot of work to do yet,” said Rush defenceman Kyle Rubisch after the Game 1 win.

“It’s going to be a tough task. They are a very good team and we know we need a total team effort. We will have to execute our game plan and be disciplined.”

As much as the Rush are looking ahead to Game 2, it would be a disservice to breeze over the job they did in Game 1. It was arguably the team’s best performance of the entire season.

“I think we were really good in all areas,” said Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan.

“We executed the game plan very well, we had great energy, we responded well when we got down, and we responded well to the fantastic goaltending by Matt Vinc.”

The offence was dynamic from the start, only stifled for a brief time by Vinc, Rochester’s all-world stopper, until even he couldn’t keep the Saskatchewan shooters at bay any longer.

His counterpart, Rush netminder Evan Kirk, certainly had the best showing of his inaugural year in green and black. Kirk made several clutch saves early on including a terrific arm stop on Eric Fannell in the first quarter. His best, and probably most crucial save, came just after his team had taken a 6-4 lead late in the second when he got his shoulder in front of Austin Shanks’ chance on a breakaway. He was rock-solid the rest of the way in out-dueling the five-time Goaltender of the Year in the opposing net.

In front of Kirk was the vaunted Rush defence which has been regarded as one of the best in NLL history. They lived up to that honor with a suffocating approach that held the Knighthawks in check. Had it not been for a couple of power-play goals plus a couple of fortunate breaks, Rochester might have barely got past five goals.

The Knighthawks’ big three on offence – Joe Resetarits, Cody Jamieson, and Austin Shanks – were held to a total of three goals and not one K-Hawk had more than two goals. Rochester was held to just 44 shots by comparison to Saskatchewan’s 64, the Knighthawks never scored more than two goals in a row, and they were held off the scoreboard for over 13 minutes while the Rush went on a game-altering seven-goal run over the second and third quarters.

“They are such a talented offence, so we didn’t want to them to get too much time and space,” said Rubisch. “We got extra pressure on them and contested their shots. When we had breakdowns, Kirky was there to make big saves.”

One area in particular that the Rush were focused on for the Cup series was controlling the tempo of the game. It was evident all over the turf that the Rush accomplished their mission, and it will be the recipe they intend to follow for Game 2.

“I thought we did a good job of putting pressure on their transition and early in their offensive possessions, and creating turnovers. We’re going to have to do it again and probably be even better at it,” said Keenan.

“Robert Church was a big catalyst for us especially with that shorthanded goal which started our seven-goal run. I think you learn a few things about the other team as you go forward, but we’re going to have to be even better this coming weekend.

“We need to be better because I think they’ll be better. They were the best team in the league down the stretch. They had a tough start to season but showed how resilient they are and what they’re capable of. Now they’re going to be desperate and at home so we have to be better.”

Rollin’ into Rochester: The Rush have accumulated an all-time mark of 6-3 when playing in Rochester. It was the site of their 2012 championship final loss to the Knighthawks, but it has also been where the Rush have put up two of their biggest road wins.

Two years ago, the Rush stomped the K-Hawks 21-12 in Rochester as Robert Church and Mark Matthews combined for eight goals and 13 assists. Back in 2015, Matthews and Church each put up seven points as the Rush whipped the Knighthawks 16-3 – the largest margin of victory in Rush history.

Matthews has played six games in Rochester and racked up 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists), while Church has played five games in the city and totaled 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists).

The Rush played their first-ever game in Rochester back in the 2010 season and came away with a 12-11 overtime win – a victory helped along by two goals from current Rush assistant coach Jimmy Quinlan.

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