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Fri, Dec 1
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Fri, Dec 1
22:00:00
Albany
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Fri, Dec 1
22:00:00
Panther City
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Sat, Dec 2
19:00:00
Calgary
Rochester
Sat, Dec 2
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
WK
2
Sat, Dec 9
19:00:00
Philadelphia
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Sat, Dec 9
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Dec 9
19:30:00
Colorado
Georgia
Sat, Dec 9
20:00:00
Rochester
Saskatchewan
Sat, Dec 9
22:00:00
Calgary
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Sun, Dec 10
16:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
WK
3
Fri, Dec 15
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 16
13:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Dec 16
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 16
19:30:00
San Diego
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 16
22:00:00
Georgia
Vancouver
WK
4
Fri, Dec 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Panther City
Fri, Dec 22
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Dec 23
19:00:00
Vancouver
Rochester
WK
5
Fri, Dec 29
18:30:00
Philadelphia
Halifax
Fri, Dec 29
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 29
22:00:00
Rochester
San Diego
Sat, Dec 30
16:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Dec 30
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Sat, Dec 30
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sun, Dec 31
20:00:00
Albany
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Sat, Jan 6
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 6
19:30:00
Panther City
Georgia
Sat, Jan 6
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sun, Jan 7
15:00:00
New York
Philadelphia
WK
7
Fri, Jan 12
18:30:00
Toronto
Halifax
Fri, Jan 12
22:00:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 13
19:00:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Sat, Jan 13
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 13
19:30:00
Panther City
New York
Sat, Jan 13
19:30:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Jan 13
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 13
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
WK
8
Fri, Jan 19
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 20
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Jan 20
19:00:00
San Diego
Albany
Sat, Jan 20
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 20
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
WK
9
Fri, Jan 26
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Sat, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Jan 27
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Jan 27
19:30:00
San Diego
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 27
22:00:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
WK
10
Fri, Feb 2
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Fri, Feb 2
19:30:00
Vancouver
Georgia
Fri, Feb 2
21:00:00
New York
Calgary
Sat, Feb 3
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 3
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 3
20:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
Sat, Feb 3
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sun, Feb 4
18:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
WK
11
Fri, Feb 9
18:30:00
Las Vegas
Halifax
Fri, Feb 9
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sat, Feb 10
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Feb 10
19:00:00
Calgary
Toronto
Sat, Feb 10
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Feb 10
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
WK
12
Fri, Feb 16
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Fri, Feb 16
22:00:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 17
19:00:00
Colorado
Albany
Sun, Feb 18
19:00:00
Halifax
Calgary
WK
13
Fri, Feb 23
21:00:00
New York
Colorado
Fri, Feb 23
22:00:00
Georgia
San Diego
Sat, Feb 24
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Rochester
Sat, Feb 24
19:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Feb 24
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 24
20:00:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Feb 24
21:00:00
Philadelphia
Calgary
Sun, Feb 25
16:00:00
Georgia
Panther City
WK
14
Fri, Mar 1
19:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Fri, Mar 1
20:00:00
San Diego
Panther City
Fri, Mar 1
22:00:00
Toronto
Las Vegas
Fri, Mar 1
22:00:00
Buffalo
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 2
13:00:00
Calgary
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 2
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Mar 2
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Mar 2
22:00:00
Toronto
San Diego
Sun, Mar 3
16:00:00
Rochester
Panther City
WK
15
Fri, Mar 8
19:00:00
Vancouver
Albany
Fri, Mar 8
19:30:00
Calgary
Georgia
Fri, Mar 8
19:30:00
Saskatchewan
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 9
17:00:00
Colorado
Toronto
Sat, Mar 9
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Mar 9
19:30:00
Las Vegas
New York
Sat, Mar 9
22:00:00
Halifax
San Diego
Sun, Mar 10
15:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 15
18:30:00
Panther City
Halifax
Fri, Mar 15
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Fri, Mar 15
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 16
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Mar 16
19:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 16
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Mar 16
20:30:00
New York
Saskatchewan
WK
17
Fri, Mar 22
20:00:00
Buffalo
Panther City
Fri, Mar 22
21:00:00
Albany
Calgary
Sat, Mar 23
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Mar 23
19:00:00
Vancouver
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 23
19:30:00
Saskatchewan
New York
Sat, Mar 23
21:00:00
Rochester
Colorado
Sat, Mar 23
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Mar 24
17:30:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
WK
18
Sat, Mar 30
13:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 30
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Mar 30
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Mar 30
22:00:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
WK
19
Fri, Apr 5
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Apr 5
21:00:00
Buffalo
Colorado
Fri, Apr 5
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Fri, Apr 5
22:00:00
Halifax
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 6
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Apr 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Apr 6
19:30:00
Las Vegas
Georgia
Sat, Apr 6
20:00:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 7
16:00:00
Philadelphia
Panther City
WK
20
Fri, Apr 12
21:00:00
Philadelphia
Colorado
Sat, Apr 13
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Apr 13
19:30:00
Calgary
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 13
20:00:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 13
22:00:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
Sat, Apr 13
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sun, Apr 14
16:00:00
Albany
Panther City
WK
21
Fri, Apr 19
19:30:00
Rochester
Georgia
Fri, Apr 19
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
Sat, Apr 20
18:00:00
Colorado
Halifax
Sat, Apr 20
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Apr 20
20:00:00
Toronto
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 20
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 20
22:00:00
Buffalo
Las Vegas
Sun, Apr 21
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
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Rush Know Now Is The Time To Step Up

Success in past head-to-head encounters doesn’t mean a whole lot when it’s a one-game, do-or-die showdown to keep your playoff dreams alive.

The Saskatchewan Rush finished the regular season atop the National Lacrosse League with a 14-4 record and a 10-0 mark against their foes from the West Division, including a perfect 3-0 versus the Calgary Roughnecks. But it’s the run to the NLL Cup now and anything can happen along the way.

A course to a third league championship has been charted and the Rush will now need to get through their arch-rival to reach their goal. The Rush will host the one-game West Division Final on Sunday, May 13th against the Roughnecks at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

There’s a lot that goes into winning a monumental 60-minute task like this one. The Rush have been preparing themselves for this challenge all season.

“Come playoff time everyone needs to step their game up to another level,” said Robert Church, who registered his first 100-point season and finished second in league scoring behind his Rush teammate Mark Matthews.

“We will need everyone to contribute if we want to be champions again. We have the pieces to win another championship, but we still need to come prepared and want it more than the other team. We are a hungry group that wants to be NLL champions again after coming up short last year.”

Last season definitely did not end how the Rush had hoped as the then two-time defending champions were knocked off the throne by the Georgia Swarm. The grind of the 18-game schedule to get back to within sight of the Cup has taken its toll but that effort is what makes the Rush a tough team to get past.

“We’ve got a lot of toughness to us,” said Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan. “Our guys have had a tough season with a lot of adversity. Only one other team, Georgia, had as tough a schedule as we did. We had six byes and still had two back-to-backs. There were teams that had three byes and no back-to-backs.

“But we still finished 14-4. We’ve been focused on this all year. It all comes down to one game, but we’ve been here before and know what it’s all about. It’s do or die, and we’ll be ready.”

The Rush have won four of five playoff series and hold an overall record of 7-3 in the post-season against the Roughnecks. Both times the Rush captured the NLL title, a series win over Calgary paved the way to their fortune. In 2015, the Rush won the best-of-three West Final 2-1, taking Game 2 and the deciding Game 3 mini-game in Calgary. The Rush would go on to beat the Toronto Rock to win their first league crown. Then in 2016, the Rush ousted the Roughnecks in two straight including a 16-10 win in Calgary. The Rush used that series victory to get into the championship series where they beat the Buffalo Bandits in two games to claim a second straight title.

The core group of the Rush have been through the treacherous waters of the playoffs before. Last year’s rookies – Ryan Keenan, Mike Messenger, and Matt Hossack – were part of a team that fell just short, but that experience is vital in moving forward this season. The team’s newest faces – Dan Dawson, Evan Kirk, and Jeff Shattler – have plenty of big-game experience and can bring a lot to a single 60-minute test.

Every player will have a role and every single one of them needs to play their part.

“We have put a lot of work in throughout the season to get to the point where we are at the top of the league,” said Rush forwards Marty Dinsdale. “But in a one-game series, it’s all about who shows up that night.

“We know it’s going to be a battle and we will have to prepare properly and come ready to fight for the spot in the finals.”

History Lesson: In the Rush’s last four trips to the NLL playoffs from 2014 through 2017, the West Final has been a slightly altered best-of-three series with a 10-minute mini-game used if the teams were tied with a win apiece. The NLL switched back to a one-game series this year for the division semifinal and final, but the NLL Cup Final will remain a full best-of-three.

The Rush have a franchise record of 3-3 in one-game playoff series.

In 2010, the Rush stunned Calgary in the West Semifinal then lost the West Final 11-10 in overtime to the Washington Stealth.

Once again in 2012, the Rush shocked Calgary on the road in the West Semifinal and followed that up by blowing out the Minnesota Swarm 15-3 in the West Final. The Rush’s first appearance in the Cup Final wound up being a 9-6 loss to the Rochester Knighthawks.

The last one-game series for the Rush came in 2013 and the Washington Stealth were the team to come out on top again, this time a 12-11 verdict. Eight players remain in the Rush lineup from that game – Brett Mydske, Kyle Rubisch, Curtis Knight, Jeff Cornwall, Chris Corbeil, Ryan Dilks, Mark Matthews, and Jeremy Thompson.

 

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