The Saskatchewan Rush have a stranglehold on first place in the NLL’s Western Division with Friday night’s 13-10 win over the Mammoth in Colorado.
Ryan Keenan recorded the first four-goal game of his career as the Rush rallied from an 8-6 deficit late in the third quarter with a four-goal run including Keenan’s power-play goal that vaulted Saskatchewan into an early fourth quarter lead.
The goal that sparked the comeback was captain Chris Corbeil’s shorthanded marker right after the Mammoth counted a power-play goal to take the two-goal lead.
Matt Hossack’s marker ten seconds after Colorado tied the game 10-10 put the Rush ahead to stay.
Robert Church paced the Rush attack with three goals and three assists, while Marty Dinsdale and Ben McIntosh added two goals and two assists each.
The biggest of Evan Kirk’s 39 saves was an outstanding stop just before the Rush pushed the ball back up the floor resulting in Keenan’s go-ahead goal on a Saskatchewan power play.
The win gives the Rush a 6-1 record moving them a game-and-a-half ahead of the 4-2 Mammoth and also means Saskatchewan wins the season series which would be a factor in a tie-breaking scenario if necessary at the end of the season.
The Rush return to action Saturday night at SaskTel Centre in their first meeting of the season against the Vancouver Stealth. Game time is 7;30 with the Rush-Hour pregame show on 98-COOL signing on at 6;30.