Saskatchewan Rush looking for Mammoth-sized win in Denver

The same two teams will meet again next weekend in Saskatoon on Feb. 26 to complete a home-and-home series.

Author of the article:

Darren Zary  •  Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Saskatchewan Rush defender Holden Garlent and Calgary Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson battle for possession of the ball during National Lacrosse League action at Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
Saskatchewan Rush defender Holden Garlent and Calgary Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson battle for possession of the ball during National Lacrosse League action at Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Photo by Heywood Yu /(Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Heywood Y

The Saskatchewan Rush will be searching for a much-needed win this weekend.

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The Rush squad heads to Denver to play the Colorado Mammoth on Sunday in a key National Lacrosse League West Division match-up.

Colorado occupies second place in the West with a 5-2 record. The Rush is in fifth place at 2-5. The top three teams in the West Division qualify for the playoffs.

At times, goals have been hard to come by for the Rush. The Saskatchewan squad has been outscored 74-70 through seven regular-season games.

The Mammoth have held a 76-69 edge in scoring in its seven games this season.

Colorado’s Ryan Lee is currently tied for fourth in NLL scoring. He has 16 goals and 31 assists for 47 points in seven games.

Former Rush forward and NLL first-round draft pick Connor Robinson, with 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points, and Eli McLaughlin, who has 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points, are tied for 30th in league scoring. They have both played seven games.

For the Rush, veteran forward Mark Matthews leads the way with 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points. Matthews, who has played seven games, is tied for 22nd in NLL scoring.

Robert Church of the Rush is right behind him. He’s tied for 25th, with 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in seven games.

Ryan Keenan has been the Rush’s top playmaker with 23 assists to go with five goals over seven contests.

Dillon Ward has posted a 4-2 record, 9.51 goals-against average and .819 save-percentage for the Mammoth. The former Rush goalie is 1-0 with a 9.90 GAA and .788 save-percentage.

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Adam Shute has a 2-4 record for Saskatchewan with a 9.74 GAA and .774 save-percentage. Peter Dubenski is 0-1, with a 30.82 goals-against average and .583 save-percentage in his limited action with the Rush this season.

RUSH HOUR: The teams will meet again in Saskatoon on Feb. 26. Game-time is 7:30 p.m. at SaskTel Centre.

dzary@postmedia.com

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