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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Rush Reveling In Second Cup Win As Much As First

When a team wins back-to-back championships, the first question that arises is which of the two, if either, is more special, more meaningful than the other.

The Saskatchewan Rush captured their second straight National Lacrosse League title this past Saturday, retaining their grip on the Champion’s Cup after sweeping the Buffalo Bandits in the best-of-three series. One year and one day earlier, the Rush won their first Cup by ousting the Toronto Rock in two straight. 

The first is always a sweet one, but this second one is particularly cherished especially since it came in front of a hugely enthusiastic new home fan base in Saskatchewan.

No matter how it’s described, the celebration is well worth all the effort. Not much separates the two title wins since the Rush returned an almost identical roster which one the 2015 championship to the one that raised the Cup at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

“The first one is special but there’s not much difference in the group of guys and winning with this group is just amazing,” said Rush defenceman Kyle Rubisch.

“It’s been all about buying in, keeping with the plan, and will power.”

Ben McIntosh couldn’t have asked for a better first two years as a pro. Last season, he won the NLL Rookie of the Year Award and helped the Rush win the Cup. This season, he led the Rush in playoff goal-scoring as he snapped in two goals in each of the four games, and was kissing the Cup on the turf for a second year in a row. 

“This group is pretty incredible. It’s not any less glorious this time,” said McIntosh. “It was a real battle. Maybe we were the underdogs but we just grinded it out and played the full 60 minutes. 

“That’s been our M.O. all year. We didn’t really blow anyone out in the first or second quarter, but we just kept grinding and in the third and fourth quarters we just pulled away. We’re a group of guys that doesn’t give up and we need that. We get to the fourth quarters and that’s where we win the games. We’re good at closing out the game and we like playing like that.”

For Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan, this year’s championship wasn’t necessarily more memorable but he was able to enjoy it more thoroughly. Last season, Keenan took a short leave from team at the start of the season as he wife Wendy courageously endured a final battle against cancer. When the Rush clinched the Cup, it brought an end to a difficult yet rewarding journey.

“Last year, it was more of an emotional feeling and a sense of release after everything that happened,” reflected Keenan. “This year, there was more elation and I was very happy for the guys that we were able to finish something.”

With two in the bank, the Rush can now start looking to add to their championship account. Rochester won three straight championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014, while Toronto won five titles over a seven-year stretch.

The Rush could very emerge as a true dynasty. There’s every reason to expect that they’ll be a favorite for the Cup against in 2017 as the winning roster is slated to return almost entirely intact.

“We have a very good foundation,” said Keenan. “It’s not easy to win in this league. The teams get better every year and you never know with (league) expansion. But we still have a great core there, we’re still young, and we have assets in the bank moving forward. 

“This is a special group. They’re self-less. They don’t care who scores or who gets the accolades. They love being around each other. We’re going to keep the core together and try to get better.”

Forward Thinking: The Rush will take a short break – a team trip to Mexico is likely the next order of business – and then planning for the 2017 season gets going. Goalie Aaron Bold is the team’s only unrestricted free agent although he was assigned a franchise tag last season so it’s very doubtful he hits the open market. Keenan suggested the team is already close to re-signing Curtis Knight and Jeremy Thompson, and he expects no issues getting new deals done for Chris Corbeil and Kyle Rubisch. 

The Rush had a banner season not only in terms of a championship but also in regards to the business side of things with greater than expected ticket sales. However, that doesn’t mean Keenan will go hog wild on a spending spree, and he doubted the Rush will even wade into the NLL’s free-agent pool.

“We were close to the (salary) cap this year. It’s going to go up a bit, and we’ll stay at it and be right around the cap,” added Keenan.

Under the current collective bargaining agreement between the NLL and its players union, the 2017 season will mark the start of a 100% tax on teams going above the salary cap. In years past, it was only a percentage per dollar over, but now it will be a straight dollar-for-dollar. As an example, if a team goes $50,000 over the cap, it will be assessed a $50,000 tax. 

Top Picks: During Game 2 of the Cup Final, the TSN broadcast crew called the Rush’s 2016 draft situation a case of “the rich getting richer.” The NLL champs, thanks to some shrewd trades manufactured by Derek Keenan, have the first overall pick plus the third and ninth picks in the opening round of the 2017 Entry Draft which will be held in September. It’s a very good class up for grabs and includes Keenan’s son Ryan, who is sure to be a top-three selection. 

“Potentially there could be a trade but I want to use the first and third. Number 9 will depend. There some guys I like there but we’ll have to see how things fall,” said Keenan.

Story by SaskRush.com. Photo by Josh Schaefer.

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