Win Over Vancouver Puts Rush Back In The Playoff Picture

Eduardo Curros – Pacific Correspondent, All Lacrosse All The Time

It is week 11 of the National Lacrosse League and the playoff picture is already starting to take shape. The Vancouver Warriors are sitting in last in the standings with a record of 2-6 and will need urgent wins if they are to even dream of this year’s playoffs. Meanwhile, the second-to-last Saskatchewan Rush was sitting with a record of 2-4. 

First Quarter:

The Rush’s Robert Church got kicked off at 2:24, with help from Clark Walter and Jerrett Smith for the Rush’s only goal of the quarter. The Warriors had two goals this quarter thanks to Adam Charalambides at 3:18, with helpers from Riley Loewen and Kevin Crowley.

The follow-up Warrior’s goal came from Loewen at 7:15, on a pass from Crowley and Brad McCulley. Vancouver lead the quarter with a 2-1 lead.

Second Quarter:

The second quarter was tremendously eventful. Church scored 49 seconds in with assists from Mike Triolo and Jake Boudreau, to tie the game. Ryan Keenan gave the Rush a temporary lead with help from Patrick Dodds and Mike Mallory at 2:25.

Vancouver’s Dylan McIntosh tied the score for his first career NLL goal. The Rush’s Keegan Bell scored the equalizer at 4:03, with passes from Zach Manns and Bobby Kidd III.

Vancouver would get a powerplay goal from Bal with help from Charalambides at 7:14. Ryan Martel provided a go-ahead goal at 8:56, with help from Bal and Charalambides. Rush’s Keenan would tie with help from Ryan Barnable and Goaltender Frank Scigliano.

Vancouver’s last goal of the night would come from Bal on a pass from Reid Bowering and Tyson Kirkness at 14:10. Triolo would tie for the Rush at 14:19 on a pass from Keenan and Messanger. The score at the end of the half was 6-6 all. 

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Third Quarter:

Bell would start the scoring for the Rush on an unassisted goal at 3:12. Charalambides would respond on a pass from Brayden Laity at 5:49.  Messenger would score at 7:02 with help from Keenan and Dodds. Keenan would score a powerplay goal on help from Manns at 12:42. Martel would close the scoring with a goal and assists from Charalambides and Crowley. Saskatchewan would lead after the third quarter 9-8. 

Fourth Quarter:

The Rush would go on an offensive push. Walter would score shorthanded with three defenders draped all over him at 3:06. Nathaniel Kozevnikov would expand the lead at 7:23, with help from Keenan and Walter. Charalambides would score Vancouver’s only goal at 13:32 with help from McIntosh and Martel. However, Dodds would score on a penalty shot to give the Rush their third win of the season with a score of 13-9 to keep them in the playoff picture.

Vancouver Head Coach Curt Malawsky commented after the game:

Curros’s Corner

Saskatchewan went two-for-six on the power play. Vancouver was one-for-three on the man advantage. Frank Scigliano stopped 35 of 44 shots for the win in goal for the Rush. Aaron Bold stopped 34 of 47 in the loss. Dylan McIntosh (VAN) and Keegan Bell (SASK) scored their first NLL goals. Patrick Dodds reached the 100 career assists milestone. With Clark Walter’s first goal in the fourth quarter, Saskatchewan leads the NLL with nine shorthanded markers.

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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.