Rush Pick Up A Key Win Over New York

The Saskatchewan Rush came away with a key win 17-15 over the New York Riptide on Saturday night in NLL action.

The win puts Saskatchewan in ninth place and right back in the playoff race with a record of 5-6. Meanwhile, the Riptide drop to 10th place with a 6-8 record.

The Riptide was missing Stephen Keough from the lineup on Saturday night but still got four goals each from Jeff Teat and Larson Sundown.

For the Rush, it was scoring by committee. Every offensive player except Clark Walter had a goal for Saskatchewan. Zach Manns, Mike Triolo and Jake Boudreau each had hat tricks.

Frank Scigliano was outstanding for Saskatchewan, stopping 40 of 55 shots for the win. Cam Dunkerley finished with 26 saves in the loss.

Early Back-And-Forth Battle

Saskatchewan opened the scoring 17 seconds into the game with Manns dunking from behind the net.

New York replied 24 seconds later with a quick release from Teat.

Walter would find Ryan Keenan on a pick-and-roll at 1:30. However, Andrew Borgatti scored off the ensuing draw to tie it back up.

The Rush found some momentum with a two-goal run. First, Boudreau scored on a breakaway at 2:47 followed by Manns’ bouncer at 3:05 as the Rush took a 4-2 lead.

Sundown got the Riptide back on the board with a quickstick at 8:39 off a pass from Taggart Clark. It was Clark’s first point as a member of the Riptide since being traded at the deadline from Philadelphia.

Boudreau rounded out the first-quarter scoring with 1:15 on the clock, going coast-to-coast to make it 5-3 after one.

High-Scoring Affair In The Second

Both teams combined for nine goals in the second quarter, but it was the Rush that still held the advantage.

The Rush opened the scoring at 2:45 with Boudreau finding Keenan off the bench for the goal and Keenan’s 400th career point.

Patrick Dodds would make it 7-3 at 5:05 as he went airborne over the crease to beat Dunkerley.

New York got back on the board at 8:41 as Austin Madronic found Kiel Matisz with a behind-the-back pass to make it 7-4.

Not to be outdone, Church sent a behind-the-back in the middle to Triolo at 9:29 to put the Rush up by four.

About 19 seconds later, Teat’s shot would go off the crossbar, hit Scigliano in the back and trickle over the goal line for the Riptide’s fifth goal.

Manns scored his hat trick goal at 10:09 as he lept through the crease. Sundown would then score with the shot clock winding down 34 seconds later to make it 9-5.

Church would go bar down at 11:37 to restore Saskatchewan’s lead. Reilly O’Connor rounded out the scoring with 32.9 seconds on the clock, picking up a rebound off the back boards and scoring to make it 10-7 for Saskatchewan at the half.

Rush Pull Away

Saskatchewan opened the second-half scoring with Isaac Ngyou in transition finding Triolo at 5:05.

The Rush took a five-goal lead at 7:24 when Mike Messenger caused a turnover on the defensive zone and took it down the floor for the goal to make it 12-7.

The Riptide got back on the board at 8:10 when Connor Kearnan found Taggart Clark all alone in front. Saskatchewan replied at 10:06 off a Church shot in traffic.

Saskatchewan extended their lead to six with 2:45 left on the clock. Connor McClelland finished off a passing play with Jerret Smith and Boudreau during an odd-man rush. Saskatchewan held a 14-8 lead heading into the fourth.

Riptide Comeback Falls Short

New York opened the fourth quarter with a four-goal run but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.

Sundown opened the scoring 31 seconds into the quarter as a dove and went far side on Scigliano to make it 14-9.

Teat with a back door cut at 4:01 brought the Riptide within four. Sundown would follow that up 56 seconds later. O’Connor then took a feed from Teat at the 7:00 mark to put the Riptide right back into the game 14-12.

Triolo scored his hat trick goal at 7:44 to stop the bleeding for the Rush.

Kearnan replied back off a feed from Teat on the power play to stay within striking distance 15-13.

The Rush restored their three-goal lead with 2:57 left on the clock with a goal from Nathaniel Kozevnikov. With Dunkerley pulled for the extra attacker, Boudreau scored his hat trick goal into the empty net.

However, the game wasn’t over yet. Matisz scored with the extra attacker with 1:54 left and added another with 1:18 left. But it was Saskatchewan that would come away with the key win 17-15.

Top Scorers

Saskatchewan Rush 

Ryan Keenan, 2g 5a

Zach Manns, 3g 2a

Jake Boudreau, 3g 2a

Robert Church, 2g 3a

New York Riptide

Jeff Teat, 4g 4a

Larson Sundown, 4g 2a

Reilly O’Connor, 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.