Corbeil hopes Rush can rebound in time to make an NLL playoff run, plus the links

The Edmonton Rush have defender Chris Corbeil back from injury as they push for the playoffs. (Photo: Edmonton Rush)
The Edmonton Rush have defender Chris Corbeil back from injury as they push for the playoffs. (Photo: Edmonton Rush)

Chris Corbeil was part of the plan for the Edmonton Rush. Not part of the plan was a broken foot that sideline him for 5 National Lacrosse League games. Corbeil, one of the NLL’s premier defenders who also played his final season of collegiate hockey at the University of Western Ontario, is back in the lineup for the Rush as they make their push for the playoffs. The Rush are obviously pleased he’s back, and this weekend, he’ll have some motivation as the Rush host the Buffalo Bandits team that traded him. “Any athlete can say what he wants about getting traded but there’s always a sense of pride and you want to prove to the team that traded you away that they made a mistake,” Corbeil told the Edmonton Sun.

He’ll be sure to keep his emotions in check, though. Or at least try. He admits it won’t be easy but he also understands that with the Rush at 4-8 and fighting to avoid being the only team to not qualify for the NLL playoffs, the team needs his game more than it needs his quest to prove Buffalo wrong.

For coach Derek Keenan, Corbeil’s return bolsters a defensive unit that’s big and fast and pushes the ball.

“He’s back pretty much 100% healthy now,” Keenan told the newspaper. “I thought last week he was real good both defensively and running the floor. He’s a very good athlete and health is a big part of that.”

Corbeil got through the foot injury in time to help his Mustangs hockey team reach the national championship, where it lost to McGill in overtime. A disappointing end, for sure, but now that he’s back with the Rush, he’s hoping he’s got another playoff run with another team in another sport left in him.

Plus the links

Dangerous Dan Dawson has played many a role in many a land, but what he’s doing in Philadelphia as a member of the Wings surprises nobody. Especially Brenden Thenhaus, a Toronto Rock forward today who scored a few goals in Boston as Dawson’s teammate with the now-defunct Blazers. “That season (in Boston) there were a lot of guys coming in and just trying to develop a name for themselves in the league. And with a guy like Dan Dawson steering the ship, there’s no way you can’t be a better player playing with him.” (InsideHalton.com) … The Calgary Roughnecks got a first-hand look at what the Rochester Knighthawks are capable of, as young as they may be. The Riggers led 11-5 at one point last Saturday but held on in the final seconds for a 15-14 win and coach Dave Pym says the team will know better in Saturday’s rematch in Rochester. “Bad for us, good for them, but it was a great learning experience for our guys. It showed some areas where we need to get better, so we’ll take the positives out of all of it and hopefully employ it this weekend.” (Calgary Herald) … Hey Bandits fan, help Mark Steenhuis, Tom Montour and Luke Wiles raise funds for the Special Olympics (Bandits.com) … Did you see the saves Calgary goalie Mike Poulin made in the final seconds of that win over Rochester? Coach Dave Pym did. “That series of saves that he made at the end there, that’s just all-star quality.” (Calgary Roughnecks) … The Minnesota Swarm can  not only clinch a playoff berth by beating the Washington Stealth this weekend, they can redeem themselves against a team that beat them 20-13 just a few weeks ago. “We not only lost, we got a little embarrassed by them and we’re not going to accept that again. I won’t accept that and I know the players won’t,” said coach Joe Sullivan. (MNSwarm.com) … Andy Secore was traded to the Rochester Knighthawks from the Edmonton Rush before the season and he’s still with the Knighthawks, just not in the role he thought it would be, the assistant coach said. “It is definitely different than as a player, but being fresh out of the league I still have that competitiveness inside of me. I wish I could be out there playing, but coaching is the next best thing.” (Knighthawks.net) … If Rock fan is wondering where he or she can find CBS Sports Network to watch Saturday’s Toronto at Colorado game, check out these channels on various providers: Rogers 416, Cogeco 744, Bell Expressvu Limited 413, Eastlink is primarily 134 but also can be found at 206 and 168, Sasktel is 425 and BellAliant TV is 479.

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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