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Fri, Dec 2
18:00:00
Philadelphia
Halifax
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
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
Buffalo
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
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
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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
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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
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
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
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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Staying Sharp: Rush Stings Swarm, 16-12

The Edmonton Rush (12-5) kept its momentum rolling heading into the NLL postseason with a 16-12 road win over the Minnesota Swarm (5-12) in front of a crowd of 8,013 at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night. The Rush have clinched the West and have won three consecutive games as they prepare for the playoffs as the division’s top seed.

“It’s a big win for us, we’ve still got an opportunity here to finish a little higher than we are right now,” said Rush head coach Derek Keenan. “So we’re going to try and keep winning.”

“Our whole mindset going in was last time we played them, we gave up a big second half lead,” said Rush forward Robert Church. “Our mindset was just to play a full four quarters, that was our talk at halftime, just to keep going. I think we did that.”

The Rush opened the game with two goals and had the Swarm close on their heels for the entire first half. Rush forward Matthew Dinsdale (2+2) was the first to score for the Rush, followed by transition player Zack Greer (4+1). Swarm transition player Jordan MacIntosh (3+3) led his team in points and scored twice in the first quarter. Minnesota forward Miles Thompson (3+2) delivered a first half hat trick to help bring his team within one at the half.

“To compete with that team that’s looking to clinch first overall, you knew they were coming out, they were going to be hungry,” said Swarm head coach Joe Sullivan. “They were coming out with no quit and we stayed with them, 8-7. Probably allowed more than we wanted to, but our goalies had a tough night and our defense had real tough night, so for us to be 8-7 at the half was okay.”

Edmonton took the one-goal lead into the third quarter, but a six-goal scoring run gave them a 14-7 lead going into the fourth. Rush forward Robert Church (3+4) scored three of the six goals in the team’s dominant quarter.

“I wasn’t very happy with my first half, I thought I didn’t get as many shots as I would have liked and wasn’t really generating any for the team,” Church said. “So I just tried going hard in the third quarter and I got open a couple times and I got lucky and buried my shots.”

“I think our third quarter was the key,” Keenan said. “I thought we were very dominant defensively and created a lot of turnovers and in turn gave us some transition opportunities. And we were real good on offense I thought too, for most of the night really.”

“Our defense didn’t turn them down the lanes, they allowed them to get across the top, which gave them a shot that makes your goalie guess left or right,” Sullivan said. “Any time that happens, you’re going to be in trouble. So they get six, we get none. Our sticks went cold, which typically happens when you’re starting to press and trying to make things happen. So the guys were trying to do a little bit too much offensively. Still, we go back into the fourth quarter and then they battled and got us back within probably a goal of us being able to pull our goalie and look for a six-on-five goal to pull us within a couple.”

Reminiscent of the last time the two teams met, Minnesota fought back to amend their scoreless third frame, but came up short in the loss. The Swarm had a 5-2 fourth quarter that was just shy of getting them into contention for the win.

“I thought they had really good push in the fourth quarter. And just typical Minnesota, they don’t stop playing ever,” Keenan said. “We learned that earlier in the year and we knew that was coming. They’re just so athletic and dynamic that they’re just going to stick with you for the entire time. The reality for them is they’re really not a 5-12 team. They had their best lineup tonight in awhile and they showed it.”

Back in Minnesota’s lineup on Saturday night was transition Jordan MacIntosh, who missed the last game due to a lower body injury. Defenseman Kiel Matisz (1+1) made his debut after missing the last several games due to an upper body injury.

“They both battled real real hard. Game shape is something they’ve got to get back into, but it was great to see them out there,” Sullivan said. “Nice having them both back in there, and they both had an immediate impact.”

“It felt good, the training staff helped me get back pretty quick and I felt good on the offensive end,” MacIntosh said. “Couple breakdowns defensively but I’m hoping to play a little bit better next week.”

Rookie forward Joe Maracle (1+1) scored his first career NLL goal in the final quarter, as a seemingly hopeful glimpse into the future of the young team.

“That’s huge. He’s done a really good job of coming every practice and working hard all year and he’s got rewarded these last couple games to get in,” MacIntosh said. “So to see him score is great. I think he’s one of those guys that’s going to be a future great player for this team if he keeps building.”

Rush goalie Tyler Carlson had 30 saves on 42 shots against his former team. Swarm goalies Zach Higgins and Brodie MacDonald split time in the effort; Higgins had 30 saves and MacDonald saved 10 shots from his former team. Both teams went 2-for-3 on the power play.

As the teams look forward to the final week of regular season play, they both have the future in mind. For the Swarm, it’s building the chemistry of their young team for next season. For the Rush, the focus is on getting the win as an advantage for their postseason run.

“Right now it’s just kind of building some of our team chemistry for next year. We have some new guys in and kind of getting them acclimated to playing in the NLL,” MacIntosh said. “It wasn’t our best defensive performance. But I thought offensively we’re starting to come together and some of those new guys are starting to put the ball in the net, which is what we want to do right now. Tough outcome, but I think we’re building towards next year.”

“We need some help to finish first overall. Depending on if we were fortunate enough to make it to the league final and depending on who we’re playing, we could still have home floor,” Keenan said. “So we’re still kicking on that door and we only have five losses, same as Rochester, and Toronto with four. So we’ve still got some things to play for.”

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Robert Church
2) Zack Greer
3) Miles Thompson

Next week, the Swarm will host the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET while the Rush will head to Colorado for a 9 p.m. ET contest that night in the Week 18 finale weekend.

By Maria Jollie (@SwarmBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Scott Pierson.

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