Fourth-Quarter Collapse Costs Rush Against Vancouver

A fourth-quarter collapse by the Saskatchewan Rush was the difference as they lost 11-9 to the Vancouver Warriors on Saturday night in NLL action.

Saskatchewan held a 9-5 lead after three-quarters of play and were looking to cruise to a victory. The Warriors replied with six unanswered goals, including three from Adam Charalambides 

Frank Scigliano stopped 39 of 50 shots in the loss, while Aaron Bold backstopped Vancouver to the win with 39 saves on 48 shots.

The schedule doesn’t get any better for the Rush. After hosting Albany in Week 5, the Rush had a bye week in Week 6 and their Week 7 game against Philadelphia was postponed. This was the Week 8 matchup and now they head into another bye week in Week 9.

Back-And-Forth First Quarter

Vancouver drew first blood 3:11 into the game. Ryan Martel converted a turnover on the power play to give the Warriors the early lead.

It didn’t last long. Zach Manns hit Robert Church with a pass 20 seconds later to tie it up.

The Warriors regained the lead as the Rush continued to run into penalty trouble. Keegan Bal scored from down low on the power play with 8:24 on the clock to make it 2-1.

Saskatchewan tied it up with a shot by Mike Triolo through traffic at 12:28. Just over 30 seconds later, Manns’ bouncer shot went five-hole as the Rush got their first lead of the game 3-2.

A quickstick by Adam Charalambides from in close with 3:52 on the clock made it 3-3 after the first quarter

Rush Make A ‘Mess’ In The Second

It was all Saskatchewan in the second quarter. Frank Scigliano turned aside all shots he faced in the quarter as the Rush outscored the Warriors 4-0.

Mike Messenger caused all sorts of problems. He walked in on transition and buried one passed Aaron Bold 1:48 into the second quarter. Messenger struck again at 3:25, diving from behind the net to put the Rush up 5-3.

Saskatchewan extended their lead with 5:20 left in the half. Ryan Keenan went bar down. The play was challenged by Curt Malawsky, but the call on the field stood as a good goal.

Clark Walter rounded out the scoring tight roping the crease with 45.3 seconds left to make it 7-3 Rush at the half.

Rush Continue To Hold Large Lead

Vancouver ended their scoring draught 31 seconds into the second half on the power play with a goal from Bal.

However, the Rush answered right back with Church’s quickstick from the side of the net on the power play to make it 8-4 for Saskatchewan.

Kevin Crowley got the Warrior back within five with 6:33 on the clock. Saskatchewan got one back with 4:57 to play with Triolo diving through the crease to make it 9-5 after the third quarter.

Fourth-Quarter Collapse By The Rush

Saskatchewan would have a fourth-quarter collapse as Vancouver outscored them 6-0 in the final frame as the Warriors picked up the victory.

Charalambides led the way with an outside shot that went in 55 seconds into the fourth quarter. He struck again, jumping through the crease, at the 4:39 mark.

Riley Loewen bullied his way to the net at 9:50 to make it 9-8. Only 24 seconds later, Crowley grabbed a rebound off the back boards and found the open net to tie the game.

Bal scored the game-winner with 8:11 to play, picking the top corner and Charalambides walked in untouched with 5:38 to complete the fourth-quarter comeback 11-9.

Top Scorers 


Adam Charalambides, 4g 3a

Keegan Bal, 3g 2a

Kevin Crowley, 2g 2a


Robert Church, 2g 3a

Zach Manns, 1g 4a

Clark Walter, 1g 2a

Rush Head Coach Jimmy Quinlan commented after the game:

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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.