In a key third place battle, Vancouver Warriors would beat up on the Saskatchewan Rush on Friday night at Rogers Arena by a score of 13-7.
However, it was the Rush that would get on the board first in this game with a goal from Dan Lintner at 3:37 in a low-scoring first quarter as the two teams felt each other out.
A laser beam pass from Warriors goaltender Alex Buque down the field to Garret McIntosh for the transition goal at 7:47 would tie up the game.
Logan Schuss would score the first of three goals at the 9:08 mark of the first quarter to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead after the first.
Huge Second Quarter For Vancouver
Robert Church tied up the game 2-2 only 1:19 into the second quarter. Then the wheels fell off for the Rush.
It began with a three-goal run by the Warriors with goals from Kyle Killen, Schuss and Adam Charalambides.
Jeff Shattler scored at 4:17 to keep the Rush within two until the Warriors pulled away.
The Warriors added a five-goal run to end the first half with goals from Marty Dinsdale, Killen, Brandon Goodwin and Brett Mydske.
Rush goaltender Adam Shute was chased from the goal during the second quarter. He was replaced by Pete Dubenski, who didn’t fare much better. Shute went back in 9:44 later after Dubenski gave up five goals.
Rush Outscore Warriors in Second Half
The Rush began to settle down in the second half in this key battle for third place, outscoring the Warriors 4-3. Yet the damage was done in the first half.
Lintner was one of the few highlights for the Rush as he added a pair of goals for Saskatchewan to open the third quarter.
Goals from Dinsdale and Schuss would extend Vancouver’s lead to 12-5. Mark Matthews would replay at 13:01 to round out the third-quarter scoring.
Once again it was a defensive battle in the fourth quarter with Ryan Keenan and Dinsdale exchanging goals.
In goal for the Warriors, Buque went the distance and stopped 47 of 54 shots for the win.
The win now puts some distance between the Vancouver Warriors (4-3) and the Calgary Roughnecks (2-4) and Saskatchewan Rush (2-5) for third place in the West Division.
Dan Lintner, 3g
Ryan Keenan, 1g 2a
Robert Church, 1g 2a
Mark Matthews, 1g 2a
Logan Schuss, 3g 3a
Riley Loewen, 4a
Keegan Bal, 1g 3a
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.