The Saskatchewan Rush put together a dominating road win, but also dropped a game on their home court over the weekend in National Lacrosse League action.
The Rush opened the weekend with a 20-10 win over the Stealth in Vancouver on Friday. They followed that up with a 16-10 loss to the Georgia Swarm at SaskTel Centre on Saturday night.
The weekend split gives Saskatchewan a 13-4 record on the year. They’ve already clinched first place overall in the NLL.
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The Stealth opened the scoring on Friday, but it was all Rush after that as they struck for nine straight goals to take a 9-2 lead heading into halftime.
Vancouver closed the gap by one in the third quarter and then the Rush ran away with things in the fourth for the lopsided win.
Mark Matthews had three goals and 10 points to lead the offensive outburst for the Rush. Ben McIntosh scored five times and finished with seven points, while Robert Church had four goals and nine points, and Matthew Dinsdale picked up four goals and eight points.
Ryan Keenan also had a big night as he picked up two goals and seven points, while Jeff Shattler chipped in with a goal and six points.
Back-up goalie Adam Shute stopped 33-of-43 shots in the win.
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Saturday's start was a flip of what happened in Friday's game for the Rush as they struck for the opening goal, but then gave up four straight to the Swarm, who took a 6-3 lead at halftime.
Georgia extended that lead to 10-4 after the third quarter. The Rush scored six in the fourth, but the Swarm had an answer at every turn to take the six-goal win in a rematch of last year’s Champion’s Cup Final.
Matthews had two goals and four points, while Church picked up a goal and four points to lead the way for the Rush. Shattler opened the scoring for Saskatchewan and finished with two goals in the loss.
The Rush and Swarm have split their season series at 1-1 with the road team winning each game after meeting in last year's final.
Saturday's game saw the Rush feature the names of the Humboldt Broncos' players, along with "Prayers for Humboldt" and "#SaskStrong" around the boards during the game.
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Saskatchewan gets this coming weekend off and they will return to the court on Saturday, Apr. 28 to host the Calgary Roughnecks at SaskTel Centre to finish off the regular season.