Rush Lose Heartbreaker In Overtime In Buffalo

The Saskatchewan Rush would lose 15-14 in a heartbreaker in overtime against the Buffalo Bandits on Friday night.

Josh Byrne and Dhane Smith starred for the Bandits. Byrne put up 11 points, while Smith tallied 10. Robert Church had a sock trick and eight points for the Rush. Patrick Dodds had one of his best games in a Rush uniform with six points.

This game came down to the wire. Church scored with 31 seconds left in regulation with an extra attacker to send the game into overtime. Tehoka Nanticoke scored his fourth of the game in overtime for the win.

Buffalo picked up Connor Farrell this past week and it paid off. He went 27 for 33 on the faceoff dot.

Rush Take Early Lead

Nanticoke opened the scoring 4:41 into the first quarter. Saskatchewan replied with 5:44 left on the clock. Clark Walter took to the air and beat Matt Vince, who was back from an injury, to tie up the game 1-1.

Ryan Keenan scored with 3:08 left in the quarter as the Rush held a 2-1 advantage at the first break.

Bandits Battle Back To Tie It

Dhane Smith tied it up only 44 seconds into the second quarter on the power play for the Bandits. However, Church replied at 2:31 as the Rush regained the lead 3-2.

The back-and-forth battle continued. Byrne tied up the game at the 5:51 mark. Keenan undressed Frank Brown at the 8:35 mark as the Rush jumped back ahead 4-3.

Dhane Smith knotted the game at 4-4 with 4:06 left on the clock. Church then buried on with a behind-the-back shot on the run with 1:46 until halftime as the Rush went ahead by one once again.

Chris Cloutier rounded out the scoring with 20 seconds left and we were all tied up 5-5.

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Offences Come Alive In The Third

Both offences came alive as they combined for 12 goals in the third quarter. Zach Manns opened the scoring 31 seconds into the second half.

Cloutier scored at 2:12 with a highlight reel one-handed between-the-legs shot to tie the game 6-6.

Dodds would then take a feed from Nathaniel Kozevnikov just over two minutes later to restore Saskatchewan’s one-goal lead.

Byrnes went on a roll with a two-goal run. He first buried a powerplay marker at 5:38. He then scored with a quick-stick backhander while in the goal at 6:13 as Buffalo took the lead 8-7.

Saskatchewan came back with a two-goal run of their own. Church scored at 6:42 followed by Keenan at 9:37.

Ian MacKay tied up the game 23 seconds later to make the score 9-9. Patrick Dodds and Nanticoke exchanged goals to then make it 10-10.

Kozevnikov gave the Rush an 11-10 lead with 1:15 remaining in the quarter. Cloutier then scored another highlight-reel goal, going behind his back with 16.3 seconds on the clock to tie it 11-11 heading into the fourth.

Nanticoke Calls Game In Overtime

Church opened the scoring 56 seconds into the fourth quarter as Saskatchewan held another one-goal lead.

Nanticoke tied up the game at 1:51 followed by Dhane Smith on the powerplay at 5:03 to give the Bandits the lead 13-12.

Churched tied it up 13-13 at 9:19, but Byrne replied with 1:17 left in regulation as the Bandits went ahead 14-13.

With Frank Scigliano out for the extra attacker, Church scored his sock trick goal on the run with 30.5 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, Nanticoke scored on a quick stick from in close at 5:22 to give Buffalo the win and a heartbreaker in overtime for the Rush.

Top Scorers

Buffalo Bandits

Josh Byrne, 4g 7a

Dhane Smith, 3g 7a

Tehoka Nanticoke, 4g 2a

Saskatchewan Rush

Robert Church, 6g 2a

Ryan Keenan, 3g 4a

Patrick Dodds, 2g 4a

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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.