Rush Tame Panther City In Dramatic Fashion

The Saskatchewan Rush picked up a 10-9 win in dramatic fashion for the Panther City Lacrosse Club on Saturday night in Saskatoon.

After a back-and-forth affair, Mike Triolo burned his former team to score the game-winner with 4:41 left in the game. With less than 10 seconds left, it looked as if Panther City tied the game but a foot in the crease altered the narrative.

Frank Scigliano had one of his best starts as a member of the Rush, stopping 42 of 51 shots in the victory. Panther City outshot the Rush 51 to 42. Scigliano reached a milestone in the third quarter, making his 4,000th career save.

Although it’s only Saskatchewan’s second win, it puts them back in the thick of things in the standings. They are only one game out of a playoff spot. Meanwhile, Panther City drops into a large group of teams at 3-4.

Back-And-Forth First

The game was scoreless for the first 4:24 before Robert Church found Nataniel Kozevnikov in front to make it 1-0 for the Rush.

Panther City tied it right back up at 8:22 when Jason Knox’s shot trickled by Frank Scigliano. Panther City then took the lead when Callum Crawford scored on the delayed penalty with 2:59 left on the clock.

Saskatchewan tied it on the power play with 1:14 left in the quarter off a quick stick from in front to make it 2-2 after the first quarter.

Rush Hold Slim Lead At The Half

The Rush wasted no time as Zach Manns rifled a shot from the outside 23 seconds into the second.

Will Malcom tied up the game on the power play with a quickstick from the side of the net at 3:32.

Saskatchewan replied on a bit of an odd play. With the shot clock winding down, Patrick Dodds took a shot from the restraining line that beat Nick Damude to give the Rush a 4-3 lead.

The Rush took a two-goal lead with 9:50 on the clock with Manns flying through the crease.

At one point, it looked like Panther City would narrow the lead to one. But upon further review, the shooter was ruled in the crease.

With the extra attacker, Wll Malcom scored on a quick stick at the side of the net with two seconds left in the quarter to make it 5-4 at halftime.

Panther City Battles Back

Panther City would tie it up 1:35 into the third quarter on the powerplay off a goal from Crawford to make it 5-5.

Saskatchewan answered right back at 2:22 as Church faked a shot to get around a defender and picked a corner to give the Rush a 6-5 lead.

Jake Boudreau would give the Rush a two-goal lead with 9:07 on the clock with a bouncer shot. Church would then score on the power play 1:09 later on the power play as he found an open shooting lane.

Panther City battled back as Phil Caputo scored off a Crawford rebound with 5:15 left to make it 8-6. Tony Malcom on transition with 3:24 left would make it 8-7 heading into the fourth.

Triolo For The Win

Brandon Goodwin would then tie it up 3:57 into the fourth quarter. Crawford’s jump shot at 5:50 on the power play put Panther City up 9-8.

Saskatchewan answered right back with Church scoring on a side-arm shot at 6:45.

Mike Triolo when then score the game-winner with 4:41 left to play to make it 10-9.

But there was still plenty of drama. With 9.8 seconds left, it appeared that Will Malcom had scored but the official waved it off. Upon review, Will stepped into the crease and then jumped to make the goal. The call on the field stood and the Rush came away with a victory in dramatic fasion 10-9.

Top Scorers

Saskatchewan

Robert Church, 4g 4a

Ryan Keenan, 5a

Zach Manns, 2g 3a

Panther City

Callum Crawford, 2g 3a

Will Malcom, 3g 1a

Mathieu Gautier, 3a

Below in Saskatchewan Co-Head Coach Jimmy Quinlan’s comments after the game:

Saskatchewan Rush Captain Ryan Keenan shares his thoughts 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.

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