After surviving a late comeback from the home team, the Saskatchewan Rush came away with a 10-9 victory over the Colorado Mammoth Friday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
It was a slow start for the Rush, as they found themselves in a 4-1 deficit partway through the 1st quarter. However thanks to a pair of goals from Ben McIntosh in the 1st quarter, and a pair from Curtis Knight in the 2nd quarter, the Rush rode into halftime with a 6-5 lead and wouldn't relinquish that the rest of the way. The Rush looked to be cruising away with an easy victory, taking a 10-6 lead with 5:56 remaining in the game thanks to a Mark Matthews marker. His second of the night, and team leading 39th goal of the season. This cushion was short lived though, as the Mammoth scored 3 unanswered goals to make it a one-goal game with 12 seconds remaining in the game. It was too little too late for the Mammoth, as the Rush stole a victory to go 12-5 on the season. For the Rush offence, tonight’s match-up was one to forget as one of the NLL’s most dangerous offensive units went just 1 for 6 on the power play. One bright spot was the play of youngster Ryan Keenan, who led the way with 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points on the evening. The Rush expect to receive a boost on the front end in Calgary tomorrow, as Adam Jones should draw back into the line-up. There was a new face donning green and white Friday night, as Tor Reinholdt made his season debut for the Rush. Reinholdt recorded 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot on goal, and 7 loose balls. Another key piece of the Rush missing in action Friday night, Ryan Dilks is expected to be back in the Rush lineup vs. Calgary as well. That game tonight goes at 7:30 p.m. the Rush Hour pregame beginning at 6:30.