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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
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
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
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19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Georgia
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
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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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
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
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
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Seven-Goal Surge Powers Rush To Game 1 Win Over Knighthawks

A seven-goal run, highlighted by Robert Church’s natural hat trick, was the surge in momentum the Saskatchewan Rush needed to win Game 1 of the NLL Cup championship series.

The Rush never let their opposition back into the game and dominated the rest of the way, cruising to a 16-9 victory over the Rochester Knighthawks, which gives them a critical lead in the best-of-three series.

Saskatchewan will go for the series sweep and their third league title in Game 2 next Saturday in Rochester.

“It’s definitely a game of momentum and we were able to maintain that momentum,” said Rush transition standout Jeff Cornwall, who scored his second goal of the game during the run.

The Rush, playing before a raucous crowd of more than 14,000 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, actually trailed 4-3 at the start of the run as the Knighthawks jumped ahead on a second-quarter power-play goal from Cody Jamieson. Church knotted the game with a sensational shorthanded tally as he fought off a hold from one Rochester defender, darted past another and then rifled a sidearm shot past Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc.

Shorthanded goals are often momentum-changers. This one was the epitome of that statement.

Just 1:34 later, Church peeled off a defender, latched onto a deft touch pass from Marty Dinsdale, and gunned home his second to give the Rush a 5-4 lead. Church completed the natural hat trick in just over three minutes when grabbled a loose ball in the slot, zoomed towards the Rochester net and zipped a shot by Vinc.

“He gave us a big lift. He just made big plays,” said Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan of Church’s scoring blitz.

Saskatchewan’s 6-4 half-time lead was quickly bolstered as the Rush collected four goals in the opening 3:39 of the third quarter. After setting up Ben McIntosh to finish off a fast-break opportunity for his second goal of the game, Cornwall scored himself – his second of the night – as he scooted down the wing and then whipped a shot inside the far post. Just 30 seconds later, the Rush went ahead 9-4 as Ryan Keenan burned Rochester defender Brad Gillies with a twist and turn before going airborne to put a shot behind Vinc.

The seven-goal burst concluded 50 seconds later as the K-Hawks defense left Mark Matthews too much room on the wing and the NLL’s leading scorer sent a rocket into the net.

The Rush never let the Knighthawks back into the game as the visitors never got closer than four goals down.

In the fourth quarter, Church potted his fourth of the game to make it 13-8 before Saskatchewan’s young defenders got in on the scoring barrage. Matt Hossack and Mike Messenger scored 36 seconds apart to further enhance the Rush’s advantage, and Keenan put a final stamp on the scoring on the power play. Rochester defender Billy Dee Smith had been called for a rare triple minor as he went after Church during a loose ball scrum.

“It was a complete effort,” added the Rush bench boss. “But the job is not finished and we’re going to start focusing on that almost immediately. We’re going to have to be even better because they’re going to be desperate.”

The win was Saskatchewan’s first in three tries against the Knighthawks this season, and Rochester was the only team to beat the Rush twice during the year. Ryan Keenan, who opened the Rush’s fourth-quarter scoring with an absolute rocket under the crossbar, said the solution to lack of success against Rochester this season was an all-in showing from the entire team.

“It was a massive win. Everybody performed well and everybody contributed right to the end,” said Keenan. “The defense was our backbone and (goalie Evan) Kirk was excellent. It was great to have that kind of performance in front of our home fans.”

Dinsdale, who picked up four assists on the night, and Jeremy Thompson also scored for the Rush. Kirk made two outstanding saves in the first half and wound up having one of his best outings of the season finishing with 35 saves.

Eric Fannell, with a pair, led the Knighthawks scoring with Graeme Hossack, Austin Shanks, Joe Resetarits, Cory Vitarelli, Josh Currier, and Kyle Jackson adding a goal apiece. Vinc, who was briefly pulled after the Rush’s seven-goal run was peppered throughout the game and ended up totaling 48 saves.

 

 

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