Rush Sting Swarm 15-3 in West Final
St. Paul, Minnesota - Thanks to a combination of a stubborn defense and balanced scoring attack the Edmonton Rush dismantled the Minnesota Swarm 15-3 in the West Division Final Saturday night in National Lacrosse League playoff action at Xcel Energy Center.
Edmonton scored 11 goals in the opening half en route to the victory Saturday and earned its first ever trip to the Champion's Cup to face the Rochester Knighthawks next Saturday in the league final.
Riding its stellar defense and goaltending for the second consecutive road playoff contest, Edmonton held Minnesota to only one goal against in the opening half and three total for the game after the Rush routed the Calgary Roughnecks 19-11 May 5 in the semi-final.
Former Swarm forwards Ryan Ward (4G, 3A) and Aaron Wilson (3G, 4A) paced the Rush offense in the win Saturday while Corey Small (3G, 2A), Zack Greer (2G, 2A) and Shawn Williams (1G, 5A) also had big efforts for Edmonton. Defenders Ryan Dilks and Derek Suddons each had two points from the backend and face-off man Jarrett Toll went 5-for-22 at the X and also had 17 loose balls.
Minnesota had two goals by Corbyn Tao and Ryan Benesch (1G, 1A) had two points in the loss.
Rush goaltender Aaron Bold stopped 39-of-42 shots in the win and Tyler Carlson took the loss. Evan Kirk allowed 11 goals in relief for the Swarm.
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