A decision that will likely be debated among Rush fans for a long time shocked the raucous SaskTel Centre before the Georgia Swarm sealed the deal and took the National Lacrosse League championship.
With the Rush up 14-13 with 11 seconds left in game 2 of the Champions Cup Final, the Georgia Swarm took a timeout, and the Rush, who had possession coming out of the timeout, decided to pull goalie Aaron Bold to create a 6 on 6. Rush assistant coach Jeff McComb says they chose to pull the goalie because Georgia would likely double-team the player with the ball, creating a 5 on 4 further up the field and an open player, who could run out the clock. However, the pass didn't connect, Georgia recovered the ball and scored with 3 seconds left to silence the crowd of over 14,000 fans and force overtime. In that extra frame, Lyle Thompson would find his brother Miles, who would find the back of the net and give the Swarm their first Champions Cup.
The Swarm held the lead for most of the game and were up 10-8 heading into the fourth quarter, but that's when the Rush offense finally solved Georgia goalie Mike Poulin, who made 48 saves. The Rush strung together 4 straight goals to take their first lead in the game. Georgia would rally with three straight, but Jeremy Thompson and Adam Jones would score 22 seconds apart to give the Rush that 14-13 lead with just over a minute to go, leading to the wild finale.
Robert Church would lead the way for the Rush with 4 goals and one assist. Adam Jones had 3 goals and 2 helpers, while Mark Matthews picked up 5 assists. Lyle Thompson was the top scorer for Georgia with 3 goals and 4 assists and was named Champions Cup MVP. The win snaps Saskatchewan's 2-year NLL championship streak