Riptide Split Home-And-Home Series With The Rush

The New York Riptide were able to split the home-and-home series with the Saskatchewan Rush with a 14-11 win on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.

As Jeff Teat goes, so does the Riptide. In this case, Teat put up 13 points against the Rush including four goals and nine assists.

New York came out quickly to hold an 8-4 lead at the half. Saskatchewan mounted a bit of a comeback in the second half.

It also wasn’t the start that Saskatchewan was hoping for as they go on a difficult stretch of four games over the next week.

Doubling Up In The First

Taggart Clark got the Riptide on the board first 1:02 into the game. Both teams would go scoreless until Nathaniel Kozevnikov tied up the game at 5:52.

New York retook the lead at 7:09 off a goal from Larson Sundown. The back-and-forth battle continued as Ryan Keenan tied up the game on the power play at 9:53 to make it 2-2.

The Riptide pulled away with a late two-goal run. Taggart Clark scored with 4:14 left on the clock followed by Teat with 1:46 left as the Riptide held a 4-2 lead after one.

Riptide Pull Away

Robert Church got the Rush back within one 4:56 into the second quarter. It was more-or-less all Riptide after that.

New York rattled off a three-goal run as they started to pull away. Kiel Matisz started it off at 5:55 followed by Connor Kearnan 15 seconds later. Taggart Clark scored at 7:28 as the Riptide pulled ahead 7-3.

Saskatchewan stopped the bleeding off a marker from Zach Manns with 1:20 left on the clock. However, Teat rounded at the scoring with just under a minute left at the Riptide led 8-4 at the half.

Low-Scoring Third

New York continued to hold on to momentum as Sundown beat Frank Scigliano 2:13 into the third quarter to make it 9-4.

The Rush narrowed the gap with a two-goal run. Church found the back of the net at 2:54. Keenan would follow that up at 6:44 as the Riptide led 9-6.

Stephen Keogh was back in the line-up and scored for New York with one minute left to play in the third on the power play. The Riptide held a 10-6 advantage heading into the fourth.

Rush Comeback Falls Short

Saskatchewan made it interesting with three goals in under two minutes to start the fourth quarter.

Keenan opened the scoring at 1:30 followed by Mike Triolo 30 seconds later. Ryan Barnable on transition scored at 3:20 to bring the Rush within one, 10-9.

Keogh answered back with a pair of goals. He beat Scigliano at 3:49 and scored again at 4:54 to extend New York’s lead to 12-9.

Church found the back of the net at 7:03 to get the Rush back within two. Teat continued to burn Saskatchewan with a goal with 3:40 left to play. Church continued to battle to make it 13-11 with 2:05 left on the clock.

Finally, Teat scored his fourth to put the game out of reach as the Riptide split the home-and-home series by a score of 14-11.

Below are some of the highlights from the game:

Top Scorers

New York Riptide

Jeff Teat, 4g 9a

Larson Sundown, 2g 6a

Connor Kearnan, 1g 4a

Saskatchewan Rush

Robert Church, 4g 2a

Ryan Keenan, 3g 1a

Mike Triolo, 1g 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.