NLL: Church bells ring five times as Rush pull out OT win over Mammoth

Newly acquired goalie Eric Penney made 37 saves while making his debut with the Rush on Saturday after being picked up from the Philadelphia Wings.

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Darren Zary  •  Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Saskatchewan Rush forward Josh Currier (27) tries to evade San Diego Seals defenseman Mikie Schlosser (59) during first period NLL action in Saskatoon on Friday, January 14, 2022.
Saskatchewan Rush forward Josh Currier (27) tries to evade San Diego Seals defenseman Mikie Schlosser (59) during first period NLL action in Saskatoon on Friday, January 14, 2022. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Robert Church scored five times — including the game-winner at 6:53 of overtime — as the Saskatchewan Rush eked out a much-needed 10-9 win Saturday over the Colorado Mammoth at SaskTel Centre.

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Chris Corbeil, Austin Murphy, Jeff Shattler, Mark Matthews and Ryan Keenan also scored for Saskatchewan, which improved its record to 3-6 this season in the National Lacrosse League.

Colorado fell to 6-3.

Newly acquired goalie Eric Penney made 37 saves while making his debut with the Rush on Saturday after being picked up from the Philadelphia Wings.

“It feels great,” said Penney. “We’ve got a great locker room here and I’m glad to be a part of it. It was a battle. We treated this game like a playoff game. It’s good to get a win out of this.

“Any time you win in overtime, it really builds character on the whole line-up. It’s a big win. We’ve got to give credit to Robert Church finishing there for us at the end.”

Dillon Ward stopped 62 shots for Colorado as the Rush out-shot the Mammoth by a whopping margin, 72-46.

Shattler and Church each had a power play goal for Saskatchewan, which went 2-for-4 with the man-advantage.

Ryan Lee notched a power play goal for Colorado, which was 1-for-1.

Former Rush forward Connor Robinson added a short-handed tally for the Mammoth. He finished the night with two goals and four assists.

Eli McLaughlin also tallied twice for Colorado, scoring with only 24.7 seconds left in regulation to send the game into OT.

Chris Wardle, Zed Williams and Dylan Kinnear also scored for the Mammoth, which trailed 4-1 after the opening quarter and 6-4 at half-time.

Announced attendance was 9,302.

The Mammoth had defeated the Rush 12-10 one week earlier in Denver.

Saskatchewan returns to action March 5 against the Panther City Lacrosse Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The following week, they head to San Diego to play the Seals.

“We’re just going to take it one game at a time,” said Penney. “We’re going to build on this and keep moving forward. We’ve just got to stick to the systems that the coaches put forward for us and come ready to play next week.”

Next home action for the Rush is March 19 against the Rochester Knighthawks at SaskTel Centre.

dzary@postmedia.com

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