For the 6th straight year, and the second straight since moving to Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Rush are playoff bound.
The Rush booked their ticket in the NLL postseason with a 17-14 win over the Buffalo Bandits in the first game since the Rush swept Buffalo in the 2016 Champions Cup Final. Down 2-0 early, the Rush would score 7 of the next 8 goals and take a 10-6 lead into the half. The Bandits, came out of the locker rooms for the second half with two straight to close the lead down to 2, but that's as close as they would come, as the Rush scored 3 straight in the third and held on for the 3 goal win.
For the Rush, it was a lucky night for the lefties. Mark Matthews led all scorers with 2 goals and 7 assists to move one point behind Vancouver's Corey Small for the league's scoring lead. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan's other two left-handers, Adam Jones and Ryan Keenan, had 3 goals and 2 assists each.
Along with the postseason spot, the Rush also extend their lead over Colorado by 2 games for first place in the West Division. The Rush will look to solidify top spot in the division when they battle Vancouver back at SaskTel Centre this Saturday. The Rush are undefeated at home this year.