The Saskatchewan Rush struck early and often opening a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and posted a 16-9 win over the Stealth Saturday in Vancouver.
Robert Church opened the scoring on his way to an eight-point night on three goals and five assists. Curtis Knight added four goals to go along with his lone assist and Mark Matthews had two goals and two helpers. Jeff Shattler (1 goal 3 assists) and Ryan Keenan (4 assists) also had four-point nights,
The Stealth had one three-goal run in the second quarter to reduce Saskatchewan’s lead to 11-5, but that’s as close as they got as Ben McIntosh and Matt Hossack got back-to-back goals with the team’s exchanging markers the rest of the game. The Rush were 2-3 on the power play and killed off one of two Vancouver advantages.
Evan Kirk made 38 saves to post his league-leading seventh win of the season.
The Rush return to the road Saturday in Rochester where they will put a perfect away record (6-0) on the line. Saskatchewan’s lead in the Western Division is now three games over Colorado (4-3), as the Mammoth dropped a 13-9 decision in Calgary. Saskatchewan (8-1) also has the best overall record in the National Lacrosse League.