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Rush vs. Warriors Game Notes

February 15, 2019 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Saskatchewan Rush News Release

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Saskatchewan Rush (3-4) vs. Vancouver Warriors (3-6)

9:00 PM | Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rogers Arena | Vancouver, BC

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The Saskatchewan Rush will look to win their second game of the season against the West Division rival Vancouver Warriors and in the process end a three-game losing skid.

Saskatchewan was the last team in the NLL to lose at home this season when they dropped a 17-12 decision to the Calgary Roughnecks last Saturday, while Vancouver picked up a road win in San Diego. The Rush are now third in the West, one game behind division-leading San Diego and Calgary, with Vancouver one game behind Saskatchewan.

The Rush have won six in a row against Vancouver, and last season marked the fourth time the Rush swept the season-series against their West Coast rivals. After starting out 1-7 against the team formerly known as the Stealth, the Rush now hold an all-time record off 22-16 against Vancouver, which had previously played out of San Jose, California, and Everett, Washington, before moving to Langley, B.C., and then downtown Vancouver.

Saskatchewan will play at home against Vancouver on March 30th to round out this season's series.

The Rush made their debut in the Warriors' new home at Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver a successful one by earning a 14-10 win back on January 12th. Ben McIntosh notched five goals and added three assists for the Rush while Mark Matthews scored twice and put up five assists. Jeff Shattler and Marty Dinsdale each added a pair of goals for the Rush with singles going to Jeremy Thompson, Curtis Knight, and Ryan Keenan. Robert Church chipped in six assists for the Rush, who chased starting goaltender Aaron Bold after four goals on seven shots in the game's opening five minutes.

Saskatchewan completed its season-sweep of Vancouver late in the 2018 campaign with a 20-10 victory behind 11 points from Mark Matthews collected 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) and nine points from Robert Church (4 goals, 5 assists). Ryan Keenan, Marty Dinsdale and Ben McIntosh each had seven-point efforts as they combined for 11 goals and 10 assists. Jeff Shattler and Mike Messenger added to the Rush scoring, while goaltender Adam Shute made his first career NLL start and picked up the victory.

Prior to that, the Rush beat Vancouver 16-10 behind a four-goal, four-assist game from Robert Church and nine assists for Mark Matthews. Marty Dinsdale also had four goals, Jeff Shattler notched three goals and three assists, and Ryan Keenan and Ben McIntosh both scored twice. Dan Dawson also scored in his first game with the Rush, coming to Saskatchewan earlier in the week in trade with Rochester.

The Rush also beat Vancouver twice in the span of seven days last season. On February 3rd, Curtis Knight, Robert Church, Mark Matthews, Ryan Keenan and Ben McIntosh each scored twice in an 11-9 win for Saskatchewan. One weekend later, the Rush jumped out to a 6-0 lead and chased Stealth starting goaltender Eric Penney just 8:32 into the game before going on to win 16-9. Robert Church (3 goals, 5 assists) led the Rush with eight points, while Curtis Knight collected four goals and Ben McIntosh posted a hat trick. Mark Matthews added a pair of goals with Chris Corbeil, Marty Dinsdale, Jeff Shattler, and Matt Hossack each scoring once.

The Rush got off to a quick start against Calgary last Saturday, jumping out to a 5-1 lead, but the Roughnecks scored six straight goals, including two on the power play, to get out in front to stay. Robert Church and Jeff Shattler both had hat tricks in the loss. Ryan Keenan and Curtis Knight both scored twice with singles going to Ben McIntosh and Mark Matthews.

FIRST AND FOREMOST: The Rush's Mark Matthews reached 400 loose ball scoops for his career with a pair of pickups against Calgary. Next up on the watchlist for the reigning NLL MVP is the 400 mark for assists as he needs just nine more.

It's been a year of MEMORY LANE: career resurgence for former Rush defender Ian Hawksbee. The 13-year veteran is third in the league in loose balls (82) and has 12 caused turnovers. Other former Rush on the Vancouver roster are Jarrett Toll and Aaron Bold. Rush defenceman Brett Mydske's younger brother, Reid, is also with the Warriors.

Mark Matthews leads the Rush and its tied for 14th in the league with 40 points. He is also tied for 13th with 25 assists ... The Rush's Ben McIntosh is tied for sixth in the NLL with 19 goals ... Mark Matthews and Ben McIntosh anchor the Rush's league-leading power play. Matthews is third in the league with 10 power-play assists and McIntosh is tied for fourth with five power-play goals. Saskatchewan's power play is tops at 71.4% (15-for-21) despite getting only two man-advantage opportunities over the past three games ... Vancouver's power play is ranked 10th at 37.2% (16-for-43) despite Keegan Bal's five power-play goals and Mitch Jones' eight power-play helpers ... The Rush Statistically Speaking: are ranked 10th on the penalty kill at 46.9% while the Warriors are ranked fifth at 56.1% ... Jeremy Thompson of the Rush leads the NLL with 98 loose ball scoops. Thompson is also third in the league with 106 faceoff wins ... Rush defenceman Kyle Rubisch is tied for seventh in caused turnovers with 13 and tied for 11th in loose balls with 59 ... Vancouver's Mitch Jones, who came over in a trade with Buffalo, is ninth in the league with 43 points and tied for seventh with 27 assists ... Warriors defenceman Matt Beers is off to a strong start this season as he is fourth in loose balls (79), tied for second in caused turnovers (15), and tied for fourth in defencemen scoring with nine points ... 2018 Regular Season: Rush star Mark Matthews completed the regular season in style as he set a new NLL record for assists in a single season with 84, and captured the league scoring title with 116 points, which also broke his own team record for points in a season. Matthews led the NLL with 33 power-play assists and was tied for the league-lead with three game-winning goals ... The Rush's Robert Church finished second in league scoring with 107 points and tied for second in the league with 47 goals, one up on teammate Ben McIntosh. Church also finished sixth with 60 assists ... Saskatchewan finished the regular season with the top-ranked power play at 67.8% (59-for-87). Robert Church, Ben McIntosh and Ryan Keenan all tied for third in the league with 14 power-play goals, and Church also finished second with 27 power-play assists ... Rush goalie Evan Kirk led the league with 12 wins and finished with the second-best goals-against average at 10.82. He also had the fourth-best save-percentage at .777.

save-percentage ... Rush netminder Evan Kirk is eighth in the league with 224 total saves ... The Rush and Warriors are By the Numbers: With just three home openings to date, the Rush middle of the pack when it comes to penalty minutes. The Rush are sixth at 12.57 PIM per game with the Warriors seventh at 12.33 PIM per game, yet both teams have individual players at the top. After his major and game misconduct against Calgary, Rush defenceman Nik Bilic is second in the league with 25 PIM, while Vancouver's Matt Beers is in fifth at 19 PIM ... The Rush's Ben McIntosh has 10 points (2 x First Star) in the NLL's Three Star Award voting. The Warriors have a trio of players at eight point - Mitch Jones (2 x First Star) along with Keegan Bal and Logan Schuss (1 x First Star, 1 x Second Star) ... The Rush have outscored their opposition 20-15 in third-quarter play so far this season. The Warriors have outscored their opponents 23-22 in fourth quarters but have been outscored 30-22 in second quarters ... The Rush are 3-0 when leading at halftime and 0-3 when trailing at halftime so far this season ... The Warriors are 1-5 when trailing after the first quarter ... 2018 Regular Season: Saskatchewan won the NLL's attendance derby with an average of 14,639 - 458 better than Buffalo ... The Rush led the NLL with 254 goals scored and just 196 goals allowed. Saskatchewan topped the league with 14.11 goals scored per game and 10.89 goals allowed per game. Rochester finished third in both goals scored per game (13.11) and goals allowed per game (11.67) ... Rush defenceman Kyle Rubisch finished seventh with 25 caused turnovers and 10th with 130 loose balls ... Saskatchewan was the only team in the league with three players in the top 10 of the Three Star Award voting. Robert Church was fifth with 26 points (3 x First Star, 3 x Second Star, 2 x Second Star), Mark Matthews was sixth with 24 points (3 x First Star, 2 x Second Star, 3 x Third Star), and Evan Kirk was eighth with 21 points (3 x First Star, 2 x Second Star).lead the NLL with an average attendance of 13,576. The Warriors are enjoying a turnaround of their own having moved downtown and now averaging 7,700 per game ... The Rush are third in the league with 12.57 goals per game, but ninth in goals allowed at 12.43. Vancouver is 11th in goals for per game at 10.00 but up to fourth in goals allowed at 11.33 ... Eric Penney has taken over from Aaron Bold as the number-one netminder in Vancouver. Penney leads the NLL with an 8.88 goals-against average and an .806

Rush vs. Warriors/Stealth - Season-by-Season Glance


14-10 Rush win (Ben McIntosh registered eight points on five goals and three assists)


20-10 Rush win (Mark Matthews, Robert Church and Ben McIntosh combine for 12 goals and 15 assists)

16-10 Rush win (Robert Church racks up eight points on four goals and four assists)

16-9 Rush win (Robert Church collects eight points including a hat trick)

11-9 Rush win (Robert Church scores twice and adds five assists for seven-point game)


16-12 Rush win (Mark Matthews tops scoring with hat trick and four assists)

13-9 Stealth win (Tye Belanger makes 55 saves)

16-12 Rush win (Robert Church racks up four goals and Mark Matthews chips in eight assists)


14-12 Stealth win (Logan Schuss and Joel McCready each scored four goals)

24-16 Rush win (Zack Greer records career-high 11 points including five goals)

13-11 Stealth win (Corey Small fires in five goals against his former team)


17-10 Rush win (Robert Church racks up nine points with five goals and four assists)

15-14 OT Rush win (Zack Greer scored four goals including overtime game-winner)

19-7 Rush win (Mark Matthews and Tyler Melnyk both score four goals)


10-5 Rush win (Aaron Bold totals 40 saves for the victory)

10-9 Rush win (Robert Church notches hat trick)

9-8 Rush win (Curtis Knight, Zack Greer, & Mark Matthews each score two goals)


*12-11 Stealth win (Rhys Duch notches four goals and two assists)

15-10 Rush win (Mark Matthews registers 'sock trick' with six goals)

12-10 Stealth win (Rhys Duch collects two goals and two assists)

18-10 Rush win (Mark Matthews ties team record with nine points)

*denotes playoff game - West Division Semifinal


10-9 Rush win (Zack Greer paces Rush with four goals)

16-5 Rush win (Corey Small ties team record with nine-point game)


14-12 Rush win (Scott Evans scores one goal and adds seven loose balls)

15-14 Rush win (Corey Small notches three goals and three assists)

18-10 Stealth win (Lewis Ratcliff racks up nine points including four goals)

14-6 Stealth win (Colin Doyle chips in four assists)


*12-11 Stealth OT win (Paul Rabil notches game-winner eight seconds into OT)

15-7 Stealth win (Lewis Ratcliff scores twice and adds five assists)

14-13 Rush OT win (Gavin Prout connects for seven points including three goals)

14-13 Rush win (Ryan Ward leads the way with four goals)

*denotes playoff game - West Division Final


16-6 Stealth win (Cam Sedgwick scores four goals and adds two assists)

11-10 Stealth win (Jeff Zywicki racks up seven points including three goals)


11-8 Stealth win (Colin Doyle notches four goals and adds two assists)

12-5 Rush win (Jimmy Quinlan picks up the hat trick)


11-9 Stealth win (Jeff Zywicki counts five points including three goals)

14-7 Stealth win (Jeff Zywicki notches nine-point game including five goals)

9-8 Stealth win (Colin Doyle paces attack with five points)


10-9 Stealth OT win (Jeff Zywicki scores three goals including game-winner)

12-11 Stealth win (Jeff Zywicki picks up hat trick plus two assists)

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