The Saskatchewan Rush take on the Georgia Swarm gunning for their third straight National Lacrosse League title.
The Rush advanced to the best-of-three Champion’s Cup final with a two game sweep of Colorado in the Western final, while Georgia swept Toronto in the Eastern Final.
These teams haven’t met since the Storm scored an 18-10 season opening win in Georgia back on January 7.
The Swarm scored a league-high 266 goals during the 18 game regular season, averaging close to 15 goals per game.
Rush defender Brett Mydske said holding them down offensively will be a challenge.
“It’s going to be good,” said Mydsye.
“We played them the first game of the regular season. They had the upper hand on us, but we’re a better team than we were the first game and I’m sure they are a better team, so I think it’s going to be a hell of a series .”
Head coach and GM Derek Keenan said even though the teams haven’t met since week one, they know a lot about the Swarm.
“We know a lot about them because we have watched their film, we watch common opponents all the time,” said Keenan.
The man who has won more games than any other coach in the National Lacrosse League added the teams have a lot in common.
“They’re a lot like us in a lot of ways. Offensively they’re very unselfish, they’ve got a whole bunch of guys (who can score), any given guy on any given night. That’s the kind of team they are. They’re big and athletic on the back, much like us and they have really good goaltending. ”
The series opens Sunday in Georgia. First face-off is at 3:05 pm. The 98-Cool broadcast starts at 2 o’clock with the Rush Hour pre-game show.
Game two is Saturday June 10 starting at 7:30pm at Sask Tel Centre. A third and deciding game if necessary is Sunday June 18 in Georgia.