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2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
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Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
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Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
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Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
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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
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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
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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
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Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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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
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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
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Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
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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
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19
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19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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WK
20
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21:00:00
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Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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19:00:00
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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
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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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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
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22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Rush’s Rubisch Regaining Stature as One of the NLL’s Top Defenders

Don’t count Kyle Rubisch out.

Not when talking about being one of the best defenders in the National Lacrosse League. He’s not just in the running, he’s very likely leading the charge.

Now in his ninth pro season, Rubisch is once again (arguably, maybe?) the top defenceman in the entire league. He was formally named the NLL’s best defensive player four years in a row – 2012 through 2015 – and then he seemed to reluctantly take a backseat to some of the other top stalwarts.

Not anymore.

“I think Rubes has had his best season in a while,” offered Saskatchewan Rush GM/Head Coach Derek Keenan.

“He’s been dominant every game. With all the changes on our back end, he’s been asked to do even more than in the past and he’s been an absolute beast on the ‘D’ end.”

“In my mind, still the best in the business.”

No matter what happens with the defending champions the rest of way this season as they prepare for Saturday night’s West Division clash with the Vancouver Warriors, Rubisch will have to be included in the rundown of defenders vying for end-of-season individual recognition.

The Brampton, Ontario, product is back on top of the league when it comes to the caused turnover stat – a category he virtually wrote the book on. He leads with 29 so far this season, owns the single-season record set in 2014 with an astonishing 61, and is the NLL’s all-time leader since the stat became official in 2011, now with 330.

He may not be the fastest or strongest guy on the back end, but Rubisch matches up, and more times than not, outmatches a long list of the league’s best shooters. His ball-swiping skills are legendary.

“It’s a product of our defensive principles,” said Rubisch of the turnover talents. “We like to play fast and pressure teams, so getting caused turnovers is a result of our defensive system.”

Though a fair bit less fleet-footed than some of his defensive teammates, Rubisch is also amongst the league-leaders in loose ball scoops, which is more a result of his keen sense of positioning rather than quickness. Earlier this season, Rubisch reached 1,000 loose balls as a member of the Rush, and has since eclipsed 1,100 for his entire career.

And somewhat surprisingly, he’s already matched last year’s goal total, too, when he bounded down the floor to strike for a shorthanded tally.

Rubisch had his four-year reign as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award-winner snapped by teammate Ryan Dilks in 2016. A year ago, Rochester’s Graeme Hossack took the honor home with Rubisch named as one of the three finalists. There’s little doubt Rubisch, who was on the NLL’s All-Rookie Team in 2011, will be in the hunt for the award this season.

The Rush, who have beaten Vancouver in seven straight regular-season meetings, have been notably better on the back end in recent weeks. Now it’s the offensive group’s turn to find a spark.

“I think our defence has been playing well recently. They have been improving as the season goes on. We need our offence to start doing the same,” said Rush forward Ben McIntosh, who netted a hat trick in last Friday’s narrow defeat in San Diego.

“A lot of teams in this league have not only scouted our offence, but they have started copying it. You can’t blame them. Bubs (assistant coach Jeff McComb) is an offensive genius. We have had a lot of success in the past, but teams have caught on, so we need to throw some wrinkles and adjustments into our offence.”

The Rush are averaging 12.50 goals per game, which is second-best in the NLL. Success on the offensive end has been hit and miss of late, however, for a variety of reasons. There have been times the Saskatchewan shooters have made opposing goalies look good or have been turned away by sensational saves. They’ve also rang shots off a good number of posts and crossbars, and made some head-scratching decisions with the ball as well.

It’s been tough sledding during this stretch. Before pocketing three against the Seals, McIntosh had been held to three goals over the previous three games. Robert Church, who got off to a hot start this season and has since been nagged by an injury, has just three goals in the Rush’s last four outings. Ryan Keenan has averaged only one goal a game over those same four.

There have been some bright spots, though, like Mark Matthews’ four-goal effort in the overtime loss to Buffalo, and Jeff Shattler’s 11 goals in the last five games – three of those being game-winners.

“It’s definitely not re-creating the wheel, but I think being a little less predictable will help us,” said McIntosh.

“Bubs has already been working on this with us so, I am confident we will only start improving.”

 

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