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Fri, Dec 2
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Sat, Dec 3
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Rock
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Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
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Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
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Rush
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Fri, Dec 9
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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
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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
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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
10:00 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
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Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
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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
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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
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Desert Dogs
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Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
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Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
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Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
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Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
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Wings
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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
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Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
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Desert Dogs
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Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
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Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
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Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
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Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
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Sat, Apr 15
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Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
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Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
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Warriors
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Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 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
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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
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Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
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The Fast And The Furious: Rush Speed By Rock, 11-9

In a battle of the league’s two first place teams, the Edmonton Rush (6-4) defeated its East Division counterpart with an 11-9 win over the Toronto Rock (10-3) before a crowd of 10,296 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night.

Rush defender Nik Bilic – an unlikely hero – scored two late fourth-quarter tallies to help his team climb past the Rock, handing Toronto its first home loss in the process.

Just 20 total goals were scored between Toronto and Edmonton, a stark change from the 31 tallied up in the teams’ previous tilt in Week 9. Both Brandon Miller and Aaron Bold stood tall, proving their statistical status as the league’s two top goalies. Active sticks, great positioning and goal-posts (Edmonton hit four on them on the night) kept the scoring to a minimum. Saturday night’s meeting brought out each team’s true colors – at least on the back end.

“No surprise for me for tonight,” said Rock owner and general manager Jamie Dawick of the tidy play. “The last game was wired. This is what people expected in our play.”

The Rock in particular put big focus on league sharpshooter Mark Matthews by gluing defender Brodie Merrill on his tail for the majority of the evening. Matthews only scored twice, but that added focus unwittingly gave more space to second-year player Robert Church, who notched his third-straight hat trick on the night.

“They got a lot of tough check out there,” said Dawick. “Church was killing us on the powerplay at the top.”    

The Rock’s Stephan Leblanc opened all scoring with a powerplay snipe 3:48 after first whistle. Nearly 10 minutes later, Rush forward Zack Greer answered back netting his first of the game. Edmonton’s Tyler Melnyk and Kasey Beirnes traded goals late in the frame to tie things up at two goals a piece heading into the second quarter. 

Church scored the Rush’s only second quarter goal 3:36 in, while the Rock got tallies from Brett Hickey and Josh Sanderson to give Toronto a 4-3 halftime lead.

Active sticks and great defensive sets from both ends left much of the second frame without many prime opportunities. Both the Rock and Rush proved their defensive prowess, holding each other to just 23 shots a piece at the half.

The floodgates cracked open atop the second half as seven total goals were scored between the two teams.

Rock defender Nick Diachenko – playing on offence due to a Rob Hellyer upper-body injury – scored just 45 seconds into the third frame. Edmonton postured up by going 4-0 run in a 11:59 span to garner a 7-5 lead. Toronto’s Kevin Ross and Hickey each scored with under a minute remaining, tying the game 7-7 heading into the fourth frame.

Ross and Hickey each strike again to start the fourth frame to give Toronto a 9-7 lead at the 3:10 mark.

Nearly four minutes later, Mark Matthews scored his first and only goal of the match on a pretty passing play. The Matthews goal was followed up with a couple Nik Bilic tallies to give the Rush a late 10-9 lead. Defender Ryan Dilks eventually sealed the victory by potting an empty-netter.

“It feels pretty good to do something like that,” said Bilic of his rare two-goal performance. “The key to tonight was hard work and wearing them down and I think we were able to do that by the fourth quarter.”

“It was a very exciting game,” said Rush head coach Derek Keenan. “It was physical, great goaltending on both sides. For us tonight, defense was the biggest difference.”

Saturday night marks the seventh time Edmonton has held a team under 10 goals, and heading into the year’s final stretch, that fact now calmly reverberates within the Rush dressing room. While every other NLL team has allowed more than 100 goals this season, Edmonton has allowed just 98, giving them a league-best 9.8 goals against average.

The Rock’s stalling offense can at least in part be attributed to the loss of Rob Hellyer from the lineup. Hellyer suffered what Dawick called an upper-body injury late in the first half. Toronto’s top point-getter did not return, leaving a gaping hole in the Rock’s offense.

“We’re going to reevaluate him, it’s more of a precaution,” said Dawick.

Diachenko was called to play forward for the first time since last season and played commendably. He tallied an goal and an assist on the evening, the assist coming on the Rock’s final goal of the game.

“I just wanted to get in there are contribute,” said Diachenko of just his third game this year. “It was pretty exciting going back on offense.”

“It hurts to lose, but it builds character,” Diachenko said of the loss. “Maybe the target isn’t going to be on our back anymore.”

Rush goalie Bold impressively stopped 43 of the Rock’s 52 shots for a .829 save percentage. On the other end of the floor, Miller, equal to the task, stopped 37 of 47 shots for an also strong .787 save percentage.

Sanderson (1+5) and Hickey (3+3) led all Rock shooters with six points each in the loss. Leblanc (1+2) and Ross (2+1) each followed up with three points of their own. Matthews (2+5) put up seven points in the victory, while Church (3+2) followed close behind with five points.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Aaron Bold
2) Brandon Miller
3) Brett Hickey

By Justin Millerson (@RockBeatToronto) for NLL.com. Photo by Graig Abel.

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