Duch scores OT winner over Rush

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Colorado Mammoth got revenge from their Week 1 loss to the Saskatchewan Rush with an 11-10 overtime win Saturday night.

Rhys Duch scored the OT winner 2:50 into the extra period to secure the win.

It was a back-and-forth affair as neither team held a lead larger than two goals.

The game didn’t come without some controversy either. Late in the fourth quarter, the Rush were on the power play and it appeared that Dan Lintner scored the game-tying goal. The goal was waved off as the net was moved by Dillon Ward and the officials ruled the shot went wide. Colorado took the ball down the floor and scored.

After Rush head coach Jimmy Quinlan challenged, the call was overturned. Lintner’s goal counted and Colorado’s subsequent goal was waved off.

Mammoth open the scoring

Colorado jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead off of goals from Eli McLaughlin and Brett McIntyre.

Saskatchewan would settle things down as Ryan Keenan would get them on the board with 8:37 on the clock.

The Mammoth replied right back. Connor Robinson would beat Alex Buque with just under two minutes to play to make it 3-1.

Lintner rounded out the first quarter scoring with 56 seconds left to make it 3-2 after one quarter of play.

Back-and-forth second quarter

Robert Church got on the board only 25 seconds into the second quarter to knot the game up at 3.

Robinson put the Mammoth back ahead just over a minute later, but it was short-lived. About 21 seconds later Keenan would score his second to tie it 4-4.

Saskatchewan got their first lead of the game with 8:51 left. Church would take a feed from Matt Beers and bullied his way to the net for the goal.

Jake Boudreau took an illegal body check penalty that would prove costly. Zed Williams capitalized on the power play at 6:26 to tie it 5-5.

Lintner continued to be a thorn in the Mammoth’s side. He scored with 2:37 left in the quarter. Keeping with the theme, Dylan Kinnear scored to make it 6-6 at the half.

Neither team gives an inch

Mark Matthews let one of his trademark howitzers go 47 seconds into the third quarter to once again give the Rush a one-goal lead.

The Mammoth snuffed out that momentum 1:36 into the third off a Williams goal to make it 7-7.

Church scored his hat trick goal with 10:16 to give the Rush their fourth lead of the game.

Colorado found a bit of momentum in the third with goals from Williams and Robinson to give them their first lead since early in the second quarter.

Lintner scored his hat trick goal with 3:20 left on the clock to make it 9-9 heading into the final frame.

Duch scores OT winner

The fourth quarter became a defensive battle as both teams were able to only muster up one goal each.

Robinson opened the scoring with 7:33 on the clock to give Colorado a 10-9 advantage.

Lintner’s controversial goal came with 5:19 left to play, but it was enough to force overtime.

In the extra frame, both teams opened with chances.

However, at the 12:10 mark, Duch was found wide open at the side of the net and had all day, putting the ball past Buque to score the OT winner.

Top Scorers

Rhys Duch, 1g 6a
Connor Robinson, 4g 1a
Brett McIntyre, 1g 4a

Dan Lintner, 4g 2a
Robert Church, 3g 3a
Ryan Keenan, 2g 3a

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.