Another special night in a short history filled with them goes on Saturday at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

The Saskatchewan Rush will raise their 2018 NLL Cup championship banner to the rafters during Saturday's home opener, bringing the number of championship banners to three in just three seasons in Saskatchewan.

"It never gets old," said Rush forward Ben McIntosh on the banner-raising ceremony. "We're looking to add as many as we can, that's the plan."

The Rush will square off with the San Diego Seals for the home opener. The Seals are one of two expansion teams joining the National Lacrosse League this season.

McIntosh said San Diego won't be a pushover, "It's always great to see the league expand and watch it grow, and this San Diego team is not your typical expansion team, they've got some veteran guys, they're a very good team already," he said.

The Rush are coming off a 12-11 loss to the New England Black Wolves in their season-opening game last weekend. It wasn't the start that the Rush were looking for, but McIntosh said they're ready to rebound on their home turf. 

"We would have liked to have won that one last weekend, but we all have our routines and that’s a tough travel day for us to New England, so we're happy to be home and back to our routines," he said.

"We love playing at home, we're excited and we'll be ready on Saturday night."

Last season, the Rush were a complete and dominant team as they lead the league in goals for (254) and goals against (196). While the team has went through some changes over the offseason, they remain a title contender.

McIntosh said the experience that the Rush have gained over the past few seasons will make them a threat.

"We learned our lesson the hard way two years ago, we came in with a bit too much confidence and thought we could win some games without giving 100-percent, so we know what we've got to do because every team is so good in this league," he said.

McIntosh will be leaned on to help power the offence as he heads into his fifth season and is coming off a career-year in which he posted 46 goals and 80 points in 18 games.

The Coquitlam, B.C. product will be aiming to build off his impressive season.

"2018 was a big lacrosse year for me, I just played a lot with the summer, the NLL and playing some field lacrosse, so it hasn't really stopped and I'm just hoping to pick up where I left," he said.

In order for the Rush to perform at the level that they did during the 2017-18 season, the team will need to settle in defensively with Ryan Dilks and Jeff Cornwall not with the team this season.

"It's going to take some time for our defence to fully gel and get to the standards that we've had for the past few years," said McIntosh.

The Rush and Seals face-off at 7:30 p.m. at SaskTel Centre on Saturday night.

More Sports News

December’s Athletes of the Month

The Moose Jaw High School Athletic Association recently honoured the top athletes in the city for the month of December. Peacock had three volleyball athletes pick up athlete of the month honours…

Warriors Tame Cougars in Overtime

Justin Almeida burned his former team on Tuesday night by scoring 30 seconds into overtime to lift the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 3-2 win over the Prince George Cougars at CN Centre. Warriors defenceman…

MJ’s Team Barker Opens Sask Scotties with Win

It wasn't exactly how Moose Jaw's Penny Barker drew it up, but the local team will take the victory to open the 2019 Saskatchewan Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Barker scored once in the 11th end to…

Ackerman Scores First Win at Nationals

Moose Jaw's Skylar Ackerman and the host rink finished the round robin on a high note at the 2019 Canadian Junior Women's Curling Championship in Prince Albert on Tuesday. The local team scored a…

Red Warriors Win Title in Blackfalds

It was a successful weekend in Alberta for the Moose Jaw Atom A Red Warriors. The Red Warriors went 4-0 on their way to the 'A' side title at the Blackfalds Atom Tournament, beating the Sturgeon…

Tracey & Newkirk Crack NHL Draft Rankings

Moose Jaw hockey fans will have plenty to cheer about during the 2019 NHL Draft in June if the Central Scouting Midterm Rankings are any indication. Moose Jaw product Reece Newkirk of the Portland…

Warriors Sign Goalie Prospect

15-year-old goalie Brett Mirwald has committed to the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Saskatoon product signed his WHL Standard Player Agreement on Tuesday. He was originally a seventh-round selection by the…

Cobra Cheerleading Extravaganza

Moose Jaw's Cobra Cheerleading is ready to go this season and they proved it on Saturday at their annual "Extravaganza"! Athlete's aged 3-14 gathered inside Briercrest College to show off the new…

Penny Barker Hoping to Win Another Sask Scotties Tournament of Hearts

The 2019 Saskatchewan Scotties Tournament of Hearts opened Tuesday in Humboldt. Penny Barker's team will be reprensenting Moose Jaw at the tournament, that she actually won back in 2017. "Having won…

Warriors Look to Continue Success in Prince George

The Moose Jaw Warriors are going cougar hunting Tuesday night in Prince George. This will be game 5 of 7 for the Warriors on their current 2 week, 7 game road trip that so far is going very well. The… is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide